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Psalms 97:5

    Psalms 97:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The mountains melted like wax at the presence of Jehovah, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The mountains became like wax at the coming of the Lord, at the coming of the Lord of all the earth.

    Webster's Revision

    The mountains melted like wax at the presence of Jehovah, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

    World English Bible

    The mountains melt like wax at the presence of Yahweh, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth;

    Definitions for Psalms 97:5

    Wax - To grow; become; advance.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 97:5

    The hills melted like wax - The fire of God seized on and liquefied them, so that they no longer opposed his march; and the mountains before him became a plain.

    The Lord of the whole earth - אדון כל הארץ adon col haarets, the Director, Stay, and Support of the whole earth. The universal Governor, whose jurisdiction is not confined to any one place; but who, having created all, governs all that he has made.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 97:5

    The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord - They seemed to flow down as if they were like melted wax: that is, they could not stand before him. The most firm, solid, lofty things were as nothing in his presence. Compare Revelation 20:11; Judges 5:5; Micah 1:4; Nahum 1:5. The object here is to describe the sublimity, the greatness, the majesty of God, as if nothing could stand before him; as if everything fled away when he approached. There is perhaps a general allusion to his glory and power as manifested at Sinai.

    At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth - The Creator and Ruler of the entire world. The God who thus manifested himself is not a local Deity, or the God of a particular nation or country, but the God of the whole world, before whom all created things are as nothing.