Psalm 97:4
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English Standard Version
His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles.

King James Bible
His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.

American Standard Version
His lightnings lightened the world: The earth saw, and trembled.

Douay-Rheims Bible
His lightnings have shone forth to the world: the earth saw and trembled.

English Revised Version
His lightnings lightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.

Webster's Bible Translation
His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

That which is to be said among the peoples is the joyous evangel of the kingdom of heaven which is now come and realized. The watchword is "Jahve is King," as in Isaiah 52:7. The lxx correctly renders: ὁ κύριος ἐβασίλευσε

(Note: In the Psalterium Veronense with the addition apo xylu, Cod. 156, Latinizing ἀπὸ τῷ ξύλῳ; in the Latin Psalters (the Vulgate excepted) a ligno, undoubtedly an addition by an early Christian hand, upon which, however, great value is set by Justin and all the early Latin Fathers.)

for מלך is intended historically (Revelation 11:17). אף, as in Psalm 93:1, introduces that which results from this fact, and therefore to a certain extent goes beyond it. The world below, hitherto shaken by war and anarchy, now stands upon foundations that cannot be shaken in time to come, under Jahve's righteous and gentle sway. This is the joyful tidings of the new era which the poet predicts from out of his own times, when he depicts the joy that will then pervade the whole creation; in connection with which it is hardly intentional that Psalm 96:11 and Psalm 96:11 acrostically contain the divine names יהוה and יהו. This joining of all creatures in the joy at Jahve's appearing is a characteristic feature of Isaiah 40:1. These cords are already struck in Isaiah 35:1. "The sea and its fulness" as in Isaiah 42:10. In the chronicler Psalm 96:10 (ויאמרו instead of אמרו) stands between Psalm 96:11 and Psalm 96:11 - according to Hitzig, who uses all his ingenuity here in favour of that other recension of the text, by an oversight of the copyist.

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Psalm 77:18 The voice of your thunder was in the heaven: the lightning lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.

Psalm 144:5,6 Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke...

Exodus 19:16-18 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightning, and a thick cloud on the mount...

the earth

Psalm 104:32 He looks on the earth, and it trembles: he touches the hills, and they smoke.

Psalm 114:7 Tremble, you earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;

Job 9:6 Which shakes the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.

Jeremiah 10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble...

Matthew 27:50,51 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost...

Matthew 28:2,3 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven...

Revelation 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightning...

Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat on him was called Faithful and True...

Cross References
Exodus 19:16
On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled.

2 Samuel 22:8
"Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations of the heavens trembled and quaked, because he was angry.

Psalm 77:18
The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lighted up the world; the earth trembled and shook.

Psalm 96:9
Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!

Psalm 104:32
who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke!

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