2:1 Why2 do the nations rebel?3
Why4 are the countries5 devising6 plots that will fail?7
2:2 The kings of the earth8 form a united front;9
the rulers collaborate10
against the Lord and his anointed king.11
2:3 They say,12 “Let’s tear off the shackles they’ve put on us!13
Let’s free ourselves from14 their ropes!”
2:4 The one enthroned15 in heaven laughs in disgust;16
the Lord taunts17 them.
2:5 Then he angrily speaks to them
and terrifies them in his rage,18 saying,19
2:6 “I myself20 have installed21 my king
on Zion, my holy hill.”
2:7 The king says,22 “I will announce the Lord’s decree. He said to me:23
‘You are my son!24 This very day I have become your father!
2:8 Ask me,
and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,25
the ends of the earth as your personal property.
2:9 You will break them26 with an iron scepter;27
you will smash them like a potter’s jar!’”28
2:10 So now, you kings, do what is wise;29
you rulers of the earth, submit to correction!30
2:11 Serve31 the Lord in fear!
Repent in terror!32
2:12 Give sincere homage!33
Otherwise he34 will be angry,35
and you will die because of your behavior,36
when his anger quickly ignites.37
How blessed38 are all who take shelter in him!39