New International Version
God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.
King James Bible
God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.
Darby Bible Translation
God reigneth over the nations; God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.
World English Bible
God reigns over the nations. God sits on his holy throne.
Young's Literal Translation
God hath reigned over nations, God hath sat on His holy throne,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
God reigneth over the heathen - Though this is literally true in God's universal dominion, yet more is here meant. God reigns over the heathen when, by the preaching of the Gospel, they are brought into the Church of Christ.
God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness - He is a holy God; he proclaims holiness. His laws are holy, he requires holiness, and his genuine people are all holy. The throne of his holiness is the heaven of heavens; also the temple at Jerusalem; and, lastly, the hearts of the faithful.
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I remember once going to a chapel where this happened to be the text, and the good man who occupied the pulpit was more than a little of an Arminian. Therefore, when he commenced, he said, "This passage refers entirely to our temporal inheritance. It has nothing whatever to do with our everlasting destiny: for," said he, "We do not want Christ to choose for us in the matter of heaven or hell. It is so plain and easy that every man who has a grain of common sense will choose heaven; and any person …
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Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever,
the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
1 Chronicles 16:31
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, "The LORD reigns!"
for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth.
Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
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