Psalm 2



The Messiah's Reign

1 Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing?

1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

1 Why are the nations in an uproar, and their people involved in a vain plot?

1 Why do the nations assemble with commotion [uproar and confusion of voices], and why do the people imagine (meditate upon and devise) an empty scheme?

2 The kings of the earth take their stand 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 As the kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers conspire together against the LORD and his anointed one, they say,

2 The kings of the earth take their places; the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and His Anointed One (the Messiah, the Christ). They say,

3 "Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!"

3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

3 "Let us tear off their shackles from us, and cast off their chains."

3 Let us break Their bands [of restraint] asunder and cast Their cords [of control] from us.

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.

4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.

4 He Who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord has them in derision [and in supreme contempt He mocks them].

5 Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying,

5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

5 In his anger he rebukes them, and in his wrath he terrifies them:

5 He speaks to them in His deep anger and troubles (terrifies and confounds) them in His displeasure and fury, saying,

6 "But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain."

6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

6 "I have set my king on Zion, my holy mountain."

6 Yet have I anointed (installed and placed) My King [firmly] on My holy hill of Zion.

7 "I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.

7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

7 Let me announce the decree of the LORD that he told me: "You are my son, today I have become your father.

7 I will declare the decree of the Lord: He said to Me, You are My Son; this day [I declare] I have begotten You.

8 'Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.

8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

8 Ask of me, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the ends of the earth as your possession.

8 Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth as Your possession.

9 'You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.'"

9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

9 You will break them with an iron rod, you will shatter them like pottery."

9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them in pieces like potters' ware.

10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

10 Therefore, kings, act wisely! Earthly rulers, be warned!

10 Now therefore, O you kings, act wisely; be instructed and warned, O you rulers of the earth.

11 Worship the LORD with reverence And rejoice with trembling.

11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

11 Serve the Lord with reverent awe and worshipful fear; rejoice and be in high spirits with trembling [lest you displease Him].

12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

12 Kiss the son before he becomes angry, and you die where you stand. Indeed, his wrath can flare up quickly. How blessed are those who take refuge in him. A Davidic Psalm, when he fled from his son Absalom.

12 Kiss the Son [pay homage to Him in purity], lest He be angry and you perish in the way, for soon shall His wrath be kindled. O blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are all those who seek refuge and put their trust in Him!



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