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Psalms 97:3

    Psalms 97:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    A fire goes before him, and burns up his enemies round about.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    A fire goeth before him, And burneth up his adversaries round about.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Fire goes before him, burning up all those who are against him round about.

    Webster's Revision

    A fire goeth before him, And burneth up his adversaries round about.

    World English Bible

    A fire goes before him, and burns up his adversaries on every side.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his adversaries round about.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 97:3

    A fire goeth before him - Literally, this and the following verse may refer to the electric fluid, or to manifestations of the Divine displeasure, in which, by means of ethereal fire, God consumed his enemies. But fire is generally represented as an accompaniment of the appearances of the Supreme Being. He appeared on Mount Sinai in the midst of fire, thunder, and lightninys, Exodus 19:16-18. Daniel, Daniel 7:9, Daniel 7:10, represents the Sovereign Judge as being on a throne which was a fiery flame, and the wheels of his chariot like burning fire; and a fiery streamer issuing from it, and coming forth from before him. St. Paul tells us (2 Thessalonians 1:8) that the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in faming fire; and St. Peter, (2 Peter 3:7, 2 Peter 3:10, 2 Peter 3:11), that when the Lord shall come to judgment the heavens and the earth shall be destroyed by fire. the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, the elements melt with fervent heat, and the earth and its works be burnt up. Here then, will appear: -

    "Our God in grandeur, and our world on fire."

    Burneth up his enemies round about - The fire is his pioneer which destroys all the hinderances in his way, and makes him a plain passage.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 97:3

    A fire goeth before him - See Psalm 18:13, note; Psalm 50:3, note.

    And burneth up his enemies round about - Is especially directed against his foes. That is, he manifests himself as a just God, inflicting vengeance on his enemies. He comes to reign, and in his reign all his foes will be destroyed.