Psalm 97:3
New International Version
Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side.

New Living Translation
Fire spreads ahead of him and burns up all his foes.

English Standard Version
Fire goes before him and burns up his adversaries all around.

Berean Study Bible
Fire goes before Him and consumes His foes on every side.

King James Bible
A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

New King James Version
A fire goes before Him, And burns up His enemies round about.

New American Standard Bible
Fire goes before Him And burns up His enemies all around.

NASB 1995
Fire goes before Him And burns up His adversaries round about.

NASB 1977
Fire goes before Him, And burns up His adversaries round about.

Amplified Bible
Fire goes before Him And burns up His adversaries on all sides.

Christian Standard Bible
Fire goes before him and burns up his foes on every side.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Fire goes before Him and burns up His foes on every side.

American Standard Version
A fire goeth before him, And burneth up his adversaries round about.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Fire will devour before him and will burn up his enemies.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Fire shall go before him, and burn up his enemies round about.

Contemporary English Version
Fire leaps from his throne, destroying his enemies,

Douay-Rheims Bible
A fire shall go before him, and shall burn his enemies round about.

English Revised Version
A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his adversaries round about.

Good News Translation
Fire goes in front of him and burns up his enemies around him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Fire spreads ahead of him. It burns his enemies who surround him.

International Standard Version
Fire goes out from his presence to consume his enemies on every side.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A fire goeth before Him, And burneth up His adversaries round about.

Literal Standard Version
Fire goes before Him, "" And burns around His adversaries.

NET Bible
Fire goes before him; on every side it burns up his enemies.

New Heart English Bible
A fire goes before him, and burns up his adversaries on every side.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Let the Earth Rejoice
2Clouds and darkness surround Him; righteousness and justice are His throne’s foundation. 3Fire goes before Him and consumes His foes on every side. 4His lightning illuminates the world; the earth sees and trembles.…

Cross References
Hebrews 12:29
"For our God is a consuming fire."

2 Samuel 22:9
Smoke rose from His nostrils, and consuming fire came from His mouth; glowing coals blazed forth.

Psalm 18:8
Smoke rose from His nostrils, and consuming fire came from His mouth; glowing coals blazed forth.

Psalm 18:12
From the brightness of His presence His clouds advanced--hailstones and coals of fire.

Psalm 50:3
Our God approaches and will not be silent! Consuming fire precedes Him, and a tempest rages around Him.

Daniel 7:10
A river of fire was flowing, coming out from His presence. Thousands upon thousands attended Him, and myriads upon myriads stood before Him. The court was convened, and the books were opened.

Joel 2:3
Before them a fire devours, and behind them a flame scorches. The land before them is like the Garden of Eden, but behind them, it is like a desert wasteland--surely nothing will escape them.

Habakkuk 3:5
Plague went before Him, and fever followed in His steps.

Malachi 4:1
"For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, when all the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble; the day is coming when I will set them ablaze," says the LORD of Hosts. "Not a root or branch will be left to them."


Treasury of Scripture

A fire goes before him, and burns up his enemies round about.

Psalm 18:8
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

Psalm 21:8,9
Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee…

Psalm 50:3
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.









(3) This is an echo of Psalm 1:3. (Comp. also Psalm 18:8; Habakkuk 3:4-5.)

Verse 3. - A fire goeth before him. So long as there is evil in the world, the "fire" of God's wrath must necessarily "go before him" at each theophany, to sweep the evil from his path (see Isaiah 42:25). It is in this sense that "our God is a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:29). And burneth up his enemies round about (comp. Psalm 50:8; Matthew 13:30).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Fire
אֵ֭שׁ (’êš)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 784: A fire

goes
תֵּלֵ֑ךְ (tê·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

before Him
לְפָנָ֣יו (lə·p̄ā·nāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6440: The face

and consumes
וּתְלַהֵ֖ט (ū·ṯə·la·hêṭ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 3857: To blaze up, flame

His foes
צָרָֽיו׃ (ṣā·rāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6862: Narrow, a tight place, a pebble, an opponent

on every side.
סָבִ֣יב (sā·ḇîḇ)
Adverb
Strong's 5439: A circle, neighbour, environs, around


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