New International Version - UK

Psalm 97

Psalm 97

The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad;
    let the distant shores rejoice.
Clouds and thick darkness surround him;
    righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him
    and consumes his foes on every side.
His lightning lights up the world;
    the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
    before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
    and all peoples see his glory.

All who worship images are put to shame,
    those who boast in idols –
    worship him, all you gods!

Zion hears and rejoices
    and the villages of Judah are glad
    because of your judgments, Lord.
For you, Lord, are the Most High over all the earth;
    you are exalted far above all gods.
10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil,
    for he guards the lives of his faithful ones
    and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light shines[a] on the righteous
    and joy on the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous,
    and praise his holy name.

  1. Psalm 97:11 One Hebrew manuscript and ancient versions (see also 112:4); most Hebrew manuscripts Light is sown

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 97

Psalm 97

The Lord rules. Let the earth be glad.
    Let countries that are far away be full of joy.

Clouds and thick darkness surround him.
    His rule is built on what is right and fair.
The Lord sends fire ahead of him.
    It burns up his enemies all around him.
His lightning lights up the world.
    The earth sees it and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax when the Lord is near.
    He is the Lord of the whole earth.
The heavens announce that what he does is right.
    All people everywhere see his glory.

All who worship statues of gods or brag about them are put to shame.
    All you gods, worship the Lord!

Zion hears about it and is filled with joy.
    Lord, the villages of Judah are glad
    because of how you judge.
Lord, you are the Most High God.
    You rule over the whole earth.
    You are honored much more than all gods.

10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil.
    He guards the lives of those who are faithful to him.
    He saves them from the power of sinful people.
11 Good things come to those who do what is right.
    Joy comes to those whose hearts are honest.
12 You who are godly, be glad because of what the Lord has done.
    Praise him, because his name is holy.