Psalms, CHAPTER 2
Why do the nations protest
and the peoples conspire in vain?
Kings on earth rise up
and princes plot together
against the LORD and against his anointed one:
“Let us break their shackles
and cast off their chains from us!”
The one enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord derides them,
Then he speaks to them in his anger,
in his wrath he terrifies them:
“I myself have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
I will proclaim the decree of the LORD,
he said to me, “You are my son;
today I have begotten you.
Ask it of me,
and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
and, as your possession, the ends of the earth.
With an iron rod you will shepherd them,
like a potter’s vessel you will shatter them.”
And now, kings, give heed;
take warning, judges on earth.
Serve the LORD with fear;
exult with trembling,
lest he become angry and you perish along the way
when his anger suddenly blazes up.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him!