Psalm 2 – New International Version (NIV)
- Why do the nations conspire[a] and the peoples plot in vain?
- The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
- “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.”
- The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.
- He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
- “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”
- I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father.
- Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
- You will break them with a rod of iron[b]; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
- Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
- Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.
- Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
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Psalm 2 – King James Version (KJV)
- Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
- The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
- Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
- He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
- Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
- Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
- I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
- Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
- Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
- Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
- Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
- Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.