Psalm 2
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1Why do the nations rebel? Why are the countries devising plots that will fail? 1Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
2The kings of the earth form a united front; the rulers collaborate against the LORD and his anointed king. 2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
3They say, "Let's tear off the shackles they've put on us! Let's free ourselves from their ropes!" 3“Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”
4The one enthroned in heaven laughs in disgust; the Lord taunts them. 4He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
5Then he angrily speaks to them and terrifies them in his rage, saying, 5Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6"I myself have installed my king on Zion, my holy hill." 6“As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”
7The king says, "I will announce the LORD's decree. He said to me: 'You are my son! This very day I have become your father! 7I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.
8Ask me, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the ends of the earth as your personal property. 8Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
9You will break them with an iron scepter; you will smash them like a potter's jar!'" 9You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
10So now, you kings, do what is wise; you rulers of the earth, submit to correction! 10Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11Serve the LORD in fear! Repent in terror! 11Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12Give sincere homage! Otherwise he will be angry, and you will die because of your behavior, when his anger quickly ignites. How blessed are all who take shelter in him! 12Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
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