Psalms 97:10-12

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.

Psalms 97:10-12 Meaning and Commentary


This psalm is ascribed to David by the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions. It is of the same argument, and upon the same subject, as the preceding, the coming and kingdom of Christ; and that it respects his first coming into the world, when angels were called upon to worship him, appears from Ps 97:7 compared with Heb 1:6 though it is expressed in such language as seems to agree with his second coming; and, perhaps, both are included, with various things between the one and the other; or it respects the kingdom of Christ, from his first to his second coming; to which agrees the inscription of the Syriac version, which is

``a Psalm of David, in which he prophesies concerning the coming of the Messiah, and again he intimates in it his last appearance.''

Cross References 10

  • 1. S Job 28:28; Psalms 34:14; Amos 5:15; Romans 12:9
  • 2. Psalms 145:20
  • 3. Psalms 31:23; Psalms 37:28; Proverbs 2:8
  • 4. S Psalms 34:7; Daniel 3:28; Daniel 6:16
  • 5. Psalms 37:40; Jeremiah 15:21; Jeremiah 20:13
  • 6. S Job 22:28
  • 7. Psalms 11:5
  • 8. Psalms 7:10
  • 9. S Job 22:19; Psalms 104:34; Isaiah 41:16; Philippians 4:4
  • 10. S Exodus 3:15; S Psalms 99:3; Psalms 30:4

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. One Hebrew manuscript and ancient versions (see also 112:4); most Hebrew manuscripts "Light is sown"
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