Psalm 97:3
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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.

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

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

A fire goeth before him - See Psalm 18:13, note; Psalm 50:3, note.

And burneth up his enemies round about - Is especially directed against his foes. That is, he manifests himself as a just God, inflicting vengeance on his enemies. He comes to reign, and in his reign all his foes will be destroyed.

Psalm 97:3 Parallel Commentaries

Righteous Hatred
The duty here enjoined is a general one to all God's people. We are to hate all evi--not some evils. It was said, you know, long ago, of certain professors, that they did "Compound for sins they were inclined to By damning those they had no mind to." And there are some, I dare say, at this day, who think others extremely guilty for committing iniquities which they do not care to commit, but they themselves commit other sins with which they deal very gently. O Christian, never take hold of sin, except
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 4: 1858

Snares of Satan
The great controversy between Christ and Satan, that has been carried forward for nearly six thousand years, is soon to close; and the wicked one redoubles his efforts to defeat the work of Christ in man's behalf and to fasten souls in his snares. To hold the people in darkness and impenitence till the Saviour's mediation is ended, and there is no longer a sacrifice for sin, is the object which he seeks to accomplish. When there is no special effort made to resist his power, when indifference prevails
Ellen Gould White—The Great Controversy

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.

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