Psalm 97:11
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New International Version
Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.

New Living Translation
Light shines on the godly, and joy on those whose hearts are right.

English Standard Version
Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.

New American Standard Bible
Light is sown like seed for the righteous And gladness for the upright in heart.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Light dawns for the righteous, gladness for the upright in heart.

International Standard Version
Light shines on the righteous; gladness on the morally upright.

NET Bible
The godly bask in the light; the morally upright experience joy.

New Heart English Bible
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because light shines to the righteous ones, and joy to the upright in heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Light dawns for righteous people and joy for those whose motives are decent.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Light is sown for the righteous, And gladness for the upright in heart.

New American Standard 1977
Light is sown like seed for the righteous,
            And gladness for the upright in heart.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Light is sown for the righteous and gladness for the upright in heart.

King James 2000 Bible
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

American King James Version
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

American Standard Version
Light is sown for the righteous, And gladness for the upright in heart.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Light is risen to the just, and joy to the right of heart.

Darby Bible Translation
Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

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

Young's Literal Translation
Light is sown for the righteous, And for the upright of heart -- joy.
Study Bible
Let the Multitude of Islands Be Glad!
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. 12Be glad in the LORD, you righteous ones, And give thanks to His holy name.…
Cross References
Esther 8:16
For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor.

Job 22:28
"You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And light will shine on your ways.

Psalm 4:7
You have put gladness in my heart, More than when their grain and new wine abound.

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

Psalm 37:6
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light And your judgment as the noonday.

Psalm 64:10
The righteous man will be glad in the LORD and will take refuge in Him; And all the upright in heart will glory.

Psalm 112:4
Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous.

Proverbs 4:18
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
Treasury of Scripture

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

light

Psalm 18:28 For you will light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

Psalm 112:4 To the upright there rises light in the darkness: he is gracious, …

Esther 8:16 The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honor.

Job 22:28 You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established to you: …

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more …

Isaiah 60:1,2 Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is …

Isaiah 62:1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake …

Micah 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against …

John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whoever believes on me should …

Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine …

Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither …

sown

Psalm 126:5,6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy…

Galatians 6:8 For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption…

James 5:7-11 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, …

(11) Light is sown--i.e., scattered. The metaphor must not be pressed so as to think of a harvest to come. The image is an obvious and common one.

"Sol etiam summo de vertice dissipat omnes

Ardorem in partes, et lumine consent arva."

LUCRETIUS.

And Milton, while enriching its metaphor, doubless had the psalm in his mind:--

"Now morn, her rosy steps in the Eastern clime

Advancing, sow'd the earth with orient pearl."

Verse 11. - Light is sown for the righteous (comp. Psalm 112:4, "Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness"). God sheds the rays of his grace on the path of the righteous man, enlightens his understanding, and illumines his spirit perpetually. And gladness for the upright in heart. Together with "light," he sheds abroad "gladness," the irrepressible joy which comes from a sense of his favour and protection. Light is sown for the righteous,.... Who are made righteous by the obedience of Christ, and live soberly and righteously; the light of joy and gladness, as it is explained in the next clause; see Esther 8:16 so, "light", is frequently used by Homer (x) for joy and gladness: these sometimes are without it, through the hidings of God's face, the prevalence of corruptions, the force of Satan's temptations, and the many afflictions they meet with; but joy and gladness, peace and comfort, are sown for them in the counsels and purposes of God, in his covenant, in the Scriptures, in the Gospel, and in the promises of it; and, though at present hidden, will spring up in God's due time, Psalm 112:4, and which also may be interpreted of the light of glory, which at present does not appear; but it is prepared in the purpose of God, and in his promise, and shall be enjoyed by the heirs of it. The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental versions, render it, "light is risen for the righteous"; and so the Targum,

"light is risen and prepared for the righteous;''

Christ, the light of the world, the sun of righteousness, is risen for them, and upon them, with healing in his wings, which bring joy and comfort to them:

and gladness for the upright in heart; such as have new hearts and right spirits formed in them, and are Israelites indeed, that have the truth of grace and the root of the matter in them: gladness is prepared, provided, and promised to them, and sooner or later they shall have it; the seed of it is sown, and it will spring up, and a large crop shall be enjoyed. Kimchi's note is,

"light is sown for the righteous in this world, and they shall reap light and joy in time to come, in the days of the Messiah.''

(x) Iliad 6. v. 6. & 8. v. 282. & 16. v. 39. 11. sown—to spring forth abundantly for such, who alone can and well may rejoice in the holy government of their sovereign Lord (compare Ps 30:4; 32:11). 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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