Psalms 2

The Reign of the  Lord’s Anointed

1 a  Why do b  the nations rage
Or  nations noisily assemble

and the peoples plot in vain?
2The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the  Lord and against his d  Anointed, saying,
3“Let us e  burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
4 He who f  sits in the heavens g  laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5Then he will speak to them in his h  wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6“As for me, I have i  set my King
on j  Zion, my k  holy hill.”
7 I will tell of the decree:
The  Lord said to me, l  “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and m  the ends of the earth your possession.
9You shall n  break
Revocalization yields (compare Septuagint)  You shall rule
them with p  a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like q  a potter’s vessel.”
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 r  Serve the  Lord with s  fear,
and t  rejoice with u  trembling.
12 v  Kiss w  the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his x  wrath is quickly kindled.
y  Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
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