Psalm 2 New King James Version

The Reign of the LORD's Anointed

2 1  Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? 2  The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, 3  "Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us." 4  He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. 5  Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure: 6  "Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion."

7  "I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. 8  Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession. 9  You shall break [1] them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter's vessel.' "

10  Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. 11  Serve the Lord with fear, And rejoice with trembling. 12  Kiss the Son, [2] lest He [3] be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.


Footnotes

[1] 2:9 Following Masoretic Text and Targum; Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read rule (compare Revelation 2:27).

[2] 2:12 Septuagint and Vulgate read Embrace discipline; Targum reads Receive instruction.

[3] 2:12 Septuagint reads the Lord.

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