Psalm 97:3
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New International Version
Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side.

New Living Translation
Fire spreads ahead of him and burns up all his foes.

English Standard Version
Fire goes before him and burns up his adversaries all around.

New American Standard Bible
Fire goes before Him And burns up His adversaries round about.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Fire goes before Him and burns up His foes on every side.

International Standard Version
Fire goes out from his presence to consume his enemies on every side.

NET Bible
Fire goes before him; on every side it burns up his enemies.

New Heart English Bible
A fire goes before him, and burns up his adversaries on every side.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Fire will devour before him and will burn up his enemies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Fire spreads ahead of him. It burns his enemies who surround him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A fire goeth before Him, And burneth up His adversaries round about.

New American Standard 1977
Fire goes before Him,
            And burns up His adversaries round about.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A fire shall go before him and burn up his enemies round about.

King James 2000 Bible
A fire goes before him, and burns up his enemies round about.

American King James Version
A fire goes before him, and burns up his enemies round about.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
A fire shall go before him, and shall burn his enemies round about.

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

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

Webster's Bible Translation
A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

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

Young's Literal Translation
Fire before Him goeth, And burneth round about His adversaries.
Study Bible
Let the Multitude of Islands Be Glad!
2Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. 3Fire goes before Him And burns up His adversaries round about. 4His lightnings lit up the world; The earth saw and trembled.…
Cross References
Hebrews 12:29
For our God is a consuming fire.

2 Samuel 22:9
"Smoke went up out of His nostrils, Fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it.

Psalm 18:8
Smoke went up out of His nostrils, And fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it.

Psalm 18:12
From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, Hailstones and coals of fire.

Psalm 50:3
May our God come and not keep silence; Fire devours before Him, And it is very tempestuous around Him.

Daniel 7:10
"A river of fire was flowing And coming out from before Him; Thousands upon thousands were attending Him, And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; The court sat, And the books were opened.

Joel 2:3
A fire consumes before them And behind them a flame burns. The land is like the garden of Eden before them But a desolate wilderness behind them, And nothing at all escapes them.

Habakkuk 3:5
Before Him goes pestilence, And plague comes after Him.

Malachi 4:1
"For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze," says the LORD of hosts, "so that it will leave them neither root nor branch."
Treasury of Scripture

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

Psalm 18:8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth …

Psalm 21:8,9 Your hand shall find out all your enemies: your right hand shall …

Psalm 50:3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour …

Deuteronomy 4:11,36 And you came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain …

Deuteronomy 5:4,23,24 The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the middle …

Deuteronomy 32:22 For a fire is kindled in my anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell, …

Daniel 7:10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands …

Nahum 1:5,6 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is …

Habakkuk 3:5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.

Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the …

2 Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that …

Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

2 Peter 3:10-12 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the …

Revelation 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth, …

Revelation 20:15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into …

(3) This is an echo of Psalm 1:3. (Comp. also Psalm 18:8; Habakkuk 3:4-5.)

Verse 3. - A fire goeth before him. So long as there is evil in the world, the "fire" of God's wrath must necessarily "go before him" at each theophany, to sweep the evil from his path (see Isaiah 42:25). It is in this sense that "our God is a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:29). And burneth up his enemies round about (comp. Psalm 50:8; Matthew 13:30). A fire goeth before him, Not the fiery law, which went forth from his right hand on Mount Sinai; but rather his Gospel, which, as it enlightens, warms, comforts, and refreshes his people, searches, torments, and destroys his enemies, and is the savour of death unto death to them; see Jeremiah 23:29. Some apply this to the gifts of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, signified by cloven tongues of fire; but then no such effect followed as mentioned in the next clause: it seems best to interpret it of his wrath, which, like fire, was poured out to the uttermost on the Jews, for their disbelief and rejection of him; they would not have him to reign over them; they despised his Gospel, and slew his servants; wherefore he sent the Roman armies to them, who destroyed those murderers, and burnt their city, Matthew 22:7, this will be also verified in the second coming of Christ, who will descend in flaming fire, and the earth will be burnt up, and all that is therein, 2 Thessalonians 1:7, some Jewish writers interpret this of the war of Gog and Magog, in Ezekiel, which they suppose still future; as, when it is, fire will be sent and rained upon them, Ezekiel 38:22, but may be better applied to the Gog and Magog in Revelation 20:8.

and burneth up his enemies round about; so that none can escape: this was true of the Jewish nation, who were burnt up; so that there was not left root nor branch in it, Malachi 4:1, and will be true of the wicked, at the general conflagration of the world, upon Christ's second coming; and of the Gog and Magog army, after the resurrection. 3-5. The attending illustrations of God's awful justice on enemies (Ps 83:14) are seen in the disclosures of His almighty power on the elements of nature (compare Ps 46:2; 77:17; Hab 3:6, etc.).97:1-7 Though many have been made happy in Christ, still there is room. And all have reason to rejoice in Christ's government. There is a depth in his counsels, which we must not pretend to fathom; but still righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. Christ's government, though it might be matter of joy to all, will yet be matter of terror to some; but it is their own fault that it is so. The most resolute and daring opposition will be baffled at the presence of the Lord. And the Lord Jesus will ere long come, and put an end to idol worship of every kind.
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