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Bible Commentaries

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 97

Verse 1

The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.

Isles — The Gentile nations, as this word, used Isaiah 42:4, is expounded, Matthew 12:21.

Verse 2

Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

Darkness — A dark cloud doth encompass him.

Verse 6

The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

Heavens — The angels, yea God himself from heaven.

Verse 7

Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.

Confounded — Let them be ashamed of their folly.

Gods — All you whom the Gentiles have made the objects of their worship.

Verse 8

Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.

Zion — Thy people dwelling in Zion or Jerusalem, to whom Christ came.

Heard — The fame of thy judgments, and the setting up the kingdom of the Messiah.

Verse 11

Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

Light — Joy and happiness.

Sown — Is laid up for them.

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Bibliographical Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalms 97". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". 1765.