Psalms 2

Psalm 21

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

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