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Psalm 97

A Song of Praise to the Sovereign Lord

1 The Lord areigns;

Let the earth rejoice;

Let the multitude of 1isles be glad!

2 bClouds and darkness surround Him;

cRighteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

3 dA fire goes before Him,

And burns up His enemies round about.

4 eHis lightnings light the world;

The earth sees and trembles.

5 fThe mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord,

At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6 gThe heavens declare His righteousness,

And all the peoples see His glory.

7 hLet all be put to shame who serve carved images,

Who boast of idols.

iWorship Him, all you gods.

8 Zion hears and is glad,

And the daughters of Judah rejoice

Because of Your judgments, O Lord.

9 For You, Lord, are jmost high above all the earth;

kYou are exalted far above all gods.

10 You who love the Lord, lhate evil!

mHe preserves the souls of His saints;

nHe delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.

11 oLight is sown for the righteous,

And gladness for the upright in heart.

12 pRejoice in the Lord, you righteous,

qAnd give thanks 2at the remembrance of 3His holy name.


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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