Psalm 97:10
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
You who love the LORD, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked.

English Standard Version
O you who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

New American Standard Bible
Hate evil, you who love the LORD, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

King James Bible
Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You who love the LORD, hate evil! He protects the lives of His godly ones; He rescues them from the power of the wicked.

International Standard Version
Hate evil, you who love the LORD! He guards the lives of those who love him, delivering them from domination by the wicked.

NET Bible
You who love the LORD, hate evil! He protects the lives of his faithful followers; he delivers them from the power of the wicked.

New Heart English Bible
You who love the LORD, hate evil. He preserves the souls of his holy ones. He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The lovers of Lord Jehovah hate evil, and he will keep the souls of his righteous ones and he will save them from the hand of the wicked,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let those who love the LORD hate evil. The one who guards the lives of his godly ones will rescue them from the power of wicked people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
O ye that love the LORD, hate evil; He preserveth the souls of His saints; He delivered them out of the hand of the wicked.

New American Standard 1977
Hate evil, you who love the LORD,
            Who preserves the souls of His godly ones;
            He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye that love the LORD are to hate evil; he preserves the souls of his saints; he delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.

King James 2000 Bible
You that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserves the souls of his saints; he delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.

American King James Version
You that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserves the souls of his saints; he delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.

American Standard Version
O ye that love Jehovah, hate evil: He preserveth the souls of his saints; He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You that love the Lord, hate evil: the Lord preserveth the souls of his saints, he will deliver them out of the hand of the sinner.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye that love Jehovah, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints, he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

English Revised Version
O ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

World English Bible
You who love Yahweh, hate evil. He preserves the souls of his saints. He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.

Young's Literal Translation
Ye who love Jehovah, hate evil, He is keeping the souls of His saints, From the hand of the wicked he delivereth them.
Study Bible
Let the Multitude of Islands Be Glad!
9For You are the LORD Most High over all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods. 10Hate evil, you who love the LORD, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked. 11Light is sown like seed for the righteous And gladness for the upright in heart.…
Cross References
Romans 12:9
Love must be sincere. Detest what is evil; cling to what is good.

Psalm 7:10
My shield is with God, Who saves the upright in heart.

Psalm 12:7
You, O LORD, will keep them; You will preserve him from this generation forever.

Psalm 31:23
O love the LORD, all you His godly ones! The LORD preserves the faithful And fully recompenses the proud doer.

Psalm 34:14
Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 37:40
The LORD helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, Because they take refuge in Him.

Psalm 145:20
The LORD keeps all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy.

Proverbs 2:8
Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones.

Proverbs 8:13
"The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate.

Isaiah 49:6
He says, "It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light of the nations So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth."
Treasury of Scripture

You that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserves the souls of his saints; he delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.

ye that

Psalm 91:14 Because he has set his love on me, therefore will I deliver him: …

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

1 Corinthians 8:3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, …

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, …

1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

1 John 5:2,3 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, …

hate

Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Psalm 36:4 He devises mischief on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is …

Psalm 37:27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for ever more.

Psalm 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them …

Psalm 119:104,163 Through your precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way…

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the …

Amos 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate…

Romans 7:15,24 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; …

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold …

preserveth

Psalm 31:23 O love the LORD, all you his saints: for the LORD preserves the faithful, …

Psalm 37:28,39,40 For the LORD loves judgment, and forsakes not his saints; they are …

Psalm 145:20 The LORD preserves all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

Proverbs 2:8 He keeps the paths of judgment, and preserves the way of his saints.

Isaiah 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: …

John 20:28-30 And Thomas answered and said to him, My LORD and my God…

Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready …

delivereth

Psalm 125:3 For the rod of the wicked shall not rest on the lot of the righteous; …

Jeremiah 15:21 And I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and I will …

Daniel 3:28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spoke, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, …

Daniel 6:22,27 My God has sent his angel, and has shut the lions' mouths, that they …

2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume …

2 Thessalonians 3:2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for …

1 John 5:18 We know that whoever is born of God sins not; but he that is begotten …

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him…

(10) Ye that love the Lord.--Notwithstanding certain points of similarity between this verse and Psalm 34:10-20; Psalm 37:28, and between Psalm 97:12 and Psalm 32:11, the psalmist shows himself at the close more than a compiler--a true poet.

Hate evil.--It is better to point for the indicative, They who love Jehovah, hate evil, in order to avoid the awkward transition in the next clause. This practical test of true religion can never be obsolete. Love of God implies the hatred of all He hates. A heathen writer has expressed this in a striking way. Philosophy, holding a dialogue with Lucian, is made to say, "To love and to hate, they say, spring from the same source." To which he replies, "That, O Philosophy, should be best known to you. My business is to hate the bad, and to love and commend the good, and that I stick to."

Verse 10. - Ye that love the Lord, hate evil. The psalmist ends his strain with an exhortation to the faithful - an exhortation, first of all, to "hate evil." God hates evil (Psalm 45:7); evil will separate them from God, evil will be their destruction. Therefore let them hate and abhor it. It is indifference to evil, that, more than anything else, lays men open to the assaults of Satan. He preserveth the souls of his saints. He (i.e. Jehovah) watches tenderly over the souls of his saints - his holy loving ones, and preserves them in being, keeps them from destruction, and delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Ye that love the Lord, hate evil,.... The evil of sin, which is to be hated, because of the evil nature of it, it being exceeding sinful; and because of its evil consequences, bringing death, ruin, and destruction with it to the souls of men, unless grace prevents; and disquietude, distress, and trouble to the saints themselves; and because it is hateful to God, being contrary to his nature, will, and law, and is hated by Christ; and therefore those that love him should hate that, shun it, avoid it, depart from it, and abstain from all appearance of it; as all such will that love him in sincerity above all persons and things; and all of him, and that belong to him, his people, ways, worship, truths, and ordinances: and such are they that have seen the loveliness of him, and know his love, and have had it shed abroad in their hearts; and these will not only hate the evil of sin, but evil men; not their persons, but their actions and conversations; and will avoid them, and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness:

he preserveth the souls of his saints; that are set apart by him, and chosen in him to be holy; that are sanctified by his blood, and by his Spirit and grace, and to whom he is made sanctification: the "souls" of these, their better and more noble part, which are dear to him, and he has redeemed by his blood, and whose salvation he has obtained, and they still receive, he "preserves" from the evil of sin, from its governing and damning power, from a final and total apostasy by it, from ruin and destruction through it, from being hurt by the second death; and he preserves them from all their enemies, sin, Satan, and the world, from being destroyed by them, safe to his kingdom and glory; therefore he is to be loved, and sin to be hated by them:

he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked; of wicked and unreasonable men, into whose hands they sometimes fall, cruel and bloodthirsty persecutors; as he is able to deliver them, so oftentimes he does; and will, ere long, put them entirely out of their reach. Kimchi interprets this of the deliverance of the Jews from the captivity of Babylon, Media, and Persia. 10 Ye that love the Lord, hate evil; he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

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

12 Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Psalm 97:10

"Ye that love the Lord, hate evil." For he hates it, his fire consumes it, his lightnings blast it, his presence shakes it out of its place, and his glory confounds all the lovers of it. We cannot love God without hating that which he hates. We are not only to avoid evil, and to refuse to countenance it, but we must be in arms against it, and bear towards it a hearty indignation. "He preserveth the souls of his saints." Therefore they need not be afraid of proclaiming war with the party which favours sin. The saints are the safe ones: they have been saved and shall be saved. God keeps those who keep his law. Those who love the Lord shall see his love manifested to them in their preservation from their enemies, and as they keep far from evil so shall evil be kept far from them. "He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked." It is not consistent with the glory of his name to give over to the power of his foes those whom his grace has made his friends. He may leave the bodies of his persecuted saints in the hand of the wicked, but not their souls, these are very dear to him, and he preserves them safe in his bosom. This foretells for the church a season of battling with the powers of darkness, but the Lord will preserve it and bring it forth to the light.

Psalm 97:11

"Light is sown for the righteous." All along their pathway it is strewn. Their night is almost over, their day is coming, the morning already advancing with rosy steps is sowing the earth with orient pearls. The full harvest of delight is not yet ours, but it is sown for us; it is springing, it will yet appear in fulness. This is only for those who are right before the Lord in his own righteousness, for all others the blackness of darkness is reserved. "And gladness for the upright in heart." Gladness is not only for one righteous man in the singular, but for the whole company of the upright, even as the apostle, after speaking of the crown of life laid up for himself, immediately amended his speech by adding, "and not for me only, but also for all them that love his appearing." The upright ought to be glad, they have cause to be glad, yea and they shall be glad. Those who are right-hearted shall also be glad-hearted. Bight leads to light. In the furrows of integrity lie the seeds of happiness, which shall develop into a harvest of bliss. God has lightning for sinners and light for saints. The gospel of Jesus, wherever it goes, sows the whole earth with joy for believers, for these are the men who are righteous before the Lord.

Psalm 97:12

"Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous." The Psalmist had bidden the earth rejoice, and here he turns to the excellent of the earth and bids them lead the song. If all others fail to praise the Lord, the godly must not. To them God is peculiarly revealed, by them he should be specially adored. "And give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness" - which is the harmony of all his attributes, the superlative wholeness of his character. This is a terror to the wicked, and a cause of thankfulness to the gracious. To remember that Jehovah is holy is becoming in those who dwell in his courts, to give thanks in consequence of that remembrance is the sure index of their fitness to abide in his presence. In reference to the triumphs of the gospel, this text teaches us to rejoice greatly in its purifying effect; it is the death of sin and the life of virtue. An unholy gospel is no gospel. The holiness of the religion of Jesus is its glory, it is that which makes it glad tidings, since while man is left in his sins no bliss can be his portion. Salvation from sin is the priceless gift of our thrice holy God, therefore let us magnify him for ever and ever. He will fill the world with holiness, and so with happiness, therefore let us glory in his holy name, world without end. Amen. 10-12. Let gratitude for the blessings of providence and grace incite saints (Ps 4:3) to holy living. Spiritual blessings are in store, represented by light (Ps 27:1) and gladness.97:8-12 The faithful servants of God may well rejoice and be glad, because he is glorified; and whatever tends to his honour, is his people's pleasure. Care is taken for their safety. But something more is meant than their lives. The Lord will preserve the souls of his saints from sin, from apostacy, and despair, under their greatest trials. He will deliver them out of the hands of the wicked one, and preserve them safe to his heavenly kingdom. And those that rejoice in Christ Jesus, and in his exaltation, have fountains of joy prepared for them. Those that sow in tears, shall reap in joy. Gladness is sure to the upright in heart; the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment. Sinners tremble, but saints rejoice at God's holiness. As he hates sin, yet freely loves the person of the repentant sinner who believes in Christ, he will make a final separation between the person he loves and the sin he hates, and sanctify his people wholly, body, soul, and spirit.
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