Psalm 2
Good News Translation

God's Chosen King

1 Why do the nations plan rebellion?

Why do people make their useless plots?

2Their kings revolt,

their rulers plot together against the Lord

and against the king he chose.

3“Let us free ourselves from their rule,” they say;

“let us throw off their control.”

4From his throne in heaven the Lord laughs

and mocks their feeble plans.

5Then he warns them in anger

and terrifies them with his fury.

6“On Zion,+ my sacred hill,” he says,

“I have installed my king.”

7 “I will announce,” says the king, “what the Lord has declared.

He said to me: ‘You are my son;

today I have become your father.

8Ask, and I will give you all the nations;

the whole earth will be yours.

9 You will break them with an iron rod;

you will shatter them in pieces like a clay pot.’”

10Now listen to this warning, you kings;

learn this lesson, you rulers of the world:

11Serve the Lord with fear;

tremble 12and bow down to him;+

or else his anger will be quickly aroused,

and you will suddenly die.

Happy are all who go to him for protection.


2.6: Zion: The term “Zion” (originally a designation for “David's City,” the Jebusite stronghold captured by King David's forces) was later extended in meaning to refer to the hill on which the Temple stood.
2.12: Probable text tremble … him; some other possible texts with trembling kiss his feet and with trembling kiss the Son and tremble and kiss the mighty one; Hebrew unclear.

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