Bishops' Bible

Psalms 97

The majesty of God's Kingdom.

Psalms 97:1 God raigneth, the earth shalbe glad: the multitude of the Iles shalbe glad [therof.] Psalms 97:2 Cloudes and thicke darknesse are rounde about hym: iustice and iudgement are the habitation of his throne. Psalms 97:3 There goeth a fire before his face: and burneth his enemies on euery syde. Psalms 97:4 His lightninges gaue a lyght vnto the worlde: the earth sawe it and trembled. Psalms 97:5 The hylles melted lyke waxe at the presence of God: at the presence of the Lorde of the whole earth. Psalms 97:6 The heauens haue declared his iustice: and all the people haue seene his glorie.

The Church rejoiceth at God's judgments upon idolaters.

Psalms 97:7 Confounded be all they that do seruice vnto carued images: and that do glorie in idols, but O gods, you all shall worshyp hym. Psalms 97:8 Sion hearde of it, and reioyced: and the daughters of Iuda be glad, because of thy iudgementes O God. Psalms 97:9 For thou art a God hygher then all [that are in] the earth: thou art exalted farre aboue all gods.

An exhortation to goodness and gladness.

Psalms 97:10 You that loue God, hate the thyng which is euyll: he preserueth the soules of his saintes, he wyll delyuer them from the hande of the vngodly. Psalms 97:11 There is sowen a lyght for the ryghteous: and gladnesse for such as be vpryght of heart. Psalms 97:12 Reioyce in God O ye ryghteous: and prayse [hym] at the remembraunce of his holynesse.

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