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Sunday, May 30, 2010

gods are commanded to worship God

Psalm 97:7 is a remarkable verse: All worshipers of images are put to shame,
who make their boast in worthless idols;
worship him, all you gods! (ESV)

I checked, using the Blueletter Bible's "Available Translations and Versions" for that verse, and the English translations are unanimous -- they all include a command to "gods" to worship God. Remarkable? What does that mean?

I'm not sure. But why should I understand the entire Bible?

Thanks for reading.


Weekend Fisher said...


If it's of any interest to you, the JPS commentary I have on that verse says, "This degrades the other deities more than 96:4-5, showing progression in these psalms."

And JPS has the translation as:
"All who worship images,
who vaunt their idols,
are dismayed;
all divine beings bow down to Him."

I suppose it would be dismaying if your god was bowing to another God ...

Take care & God bless
Anne / WF

Martin LaBar said...

Indeed it would be. perhaps it's referring to Dagon.