Psalm 97:7
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New American Standard Bible
Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images, Who boast themselves of idols; Worship Him, all you gods.

King James Bible
Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.

Darby Bible Translation
Ashamed be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols. Worship him, all ye gods.

World English Bible
Let all them be shamed who serve engraved images, who boast in their idols. Worship him, all you gods!

Young's Literal Translation
Ashamed are all servants of a graven image, Those boasting themselves in idols, Bow yourselves to him, all ye gods.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Confounded be all they that serve graven images - Hebrew, "Let them be ashamed." The idea is, that they would be disappointed. They would find that these were not real gods; that their trust in them was vain; and that they had evinced great folly in relying on that which could not aid them in the day of necessity. See Job 6:20, note; Psalm 22:5, note; Psalm 25:2, note. Compare Isaiah 20:5. What is here affirmed of the worshippers of idols will be found to be true at last of all who put their trust in anything but the true God.

That boast themselves of idols - That worship idols, and glory in them as if they could save; or, that glory in their own idol-gods as if they were more powerful than those of other people. It would not be unnatural that nations which worshipped idols should glory in them, or that one people should boast of their gods as more powerful - more worthy to be trusted - than those which were worshipped in other lands.

Worship him, all ye gods - Hebrew, אלהים 'Elohiym. The Septuagint and the Vulgate render this, "all his angels." The original word אלהים 'Elohiym is that which is commonly applied to the true God (Genesis 1:1, et saepe), though it may be applied to angels, or to magistrates. See Psalm 82:1, note; Psalm 82:6, note. On the general meaning of this passage, and the question respecting its reference to the Messiah, see the notes at Hebrews 1:6. The reference here, according to the quotation in Hebrews 1:6, is to the angels. The original word will admit of this interpretation, and the entire structure of the psalm will justify its application to the Messiah.

Psalm 97:7 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 1:6
And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, "AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM."

Deuteronomy 5:8
You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.

Judges 16:24
When the people saw him, they praised their god, for they said, "Our god has given our enemy into our hands, Even the destroyer of our country, Who has slain many of us."

Psalm 78:58
For they provoked Him with their high places And aroused His jealousy with their graven images.

Psalm 106:36
And served their idols, Which became a snare to them.

Psalm 138:1
A Psalm of David. I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to You before the gods.

Isaiah 42:17
They will be turned back and be utterly put to shame, Who trust in idols, Who say to molten images, "You are our gods."

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