Psalm 97:11
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.

Berean Study Bible
Light is sown on the righteous, gladness on the upright in heart.

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

New King James Version
Light is sown 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
If you obey and do right, a light will show you the way and fill you with happiness.

Good News Translation
Light shines on the righteous, and gladness on the good.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Light is sprung up 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 Earth Rejoice
10O you who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked. 11Light is sown on the righteous, gladness on the upright in heart. 12Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous ones, and praise His holy name.…
Cross References
Esther 8:16
For the Jews it was a time of light and gladness, of joy and honor.

Job 22:28
Your decisions will be carried out, and light will shine on your ways.

Psalm 4:7
You have filled my heart with more joy than when 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 like the dawn, your justice like the noonday sun.

Psalm 64:10
Let the righteous rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in Him; let all the upright in heart exult.

Psalm 112:4
Light dawns in the darkness for the upright, for the one who is gracious, compassionate, and righteous.

Proverbs 4:18
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday.

Treasury of Scripture

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

light

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

Psalm 112:4
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

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

sown

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

Galatians 6:8
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

James 5:7-11
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain…







Lexicon
Light
א֭וֹר (’ō·wr)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 216: Illumination, luminary

is sown
זָרֻ֣עַ (zā·ru·a‘)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2232: To sow, to disseminate, plant, fructify

on the righteous,
לַצַּדִּ֑יק (laṣ·ṣad·dîq)
Preposition-l, Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous

gladness
שִׂמְחָֽה׃ (śim·ḥāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8057: Blithesomeness, glee

on the upright
וּֽלְיִשְׁרֵי־ (ū·lə·yiš·rê-)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l | Adjective - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 3477: Straight, right

in heart.
לֵ֥ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre
(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. 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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