2 The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
2 Earth-leaders push for position, Demagogues and delegates meet for summit talks, The God-deniers, the Messiah-defiers:
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
2 The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one.
10 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
10 So, rebel-kings, use your heads; Upstart-judges, learn your lesson:
10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
10 Now then, you kings, act wisely! Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
(Read Psalm 2:10-12)
Whatever we rejoice in, in this world, it must always be with trembling, because of the uncertainty of all things in it. To welcome Jesus Christ, and to submit to him, is our wisdom and interest. Let him be very dear and precious; love him above all, love him in sincerity, love him much, as she did, to whom much was forgiven, and, in token of it, kissed his feet, Luke 7:38. And with a kiss of loyalty take this yoke upon you, and give up yourselves to be governed by his laws, disposed of by his providence, and entirely devoted to his cause. Unbelief is a sin against the remedy. It will be utter destruction to yourselves; lest ye perish in the way of your sins, and from the way of your vain hopes; lest your way perish, lest you prove to have missed the way of happiness. Christ is the way; take heed lest ye be cut off from Him as your way to God. They thought themselves in the way; but neglecting Christ, they perish from it. Blessed will those be in the day of wrath, who, by trusting in Christ, have made him their Refuge.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 2:2
Commentary on Psalm 2:1-6
(Read Psalm 2:1-6)
We are here told who would appear as adversaries to Christ. As this world is the kingdom of Satan, unconverted men, of every rank, party, and character, are stirred up by him to oppose the cause of God. But the rulers of the earth generally have been most active. The truths and precepts of Christianity are against ambitious projects and worldly lusts. We are told what they aim at in this opposition. They would break asunder the bands of conscience, and the cords of God's commandments; they will not receive, but cast them away as far as they can. These enemies can show no good cause for opposing so just and holy a government, which, if received by all, would bring a heaven upon earth. They can hope for no success in so opposing so powerful a kingdom. The Lord Jesus has all power both in heaven and in earth, and is Head over all things to the church, notwithstanding the restless endeavours of his enemies. Christ's throne is set up in his church, that is, in the hearts of all believers.