1 Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not follow the example of sinners or join those who have no use for God. 2 Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the Lord, and they study it day and night. 3 They are like trees that grow beside a stream, that bear fruit at the right time, and whose leaves do not dry up. They succeed in everything they do.
4 But evil people are not like this at all; they are like straw that the wind blows away. 5 Sinners will be condemned by God and kept apart from God's own people. 6 The righteous are guided and protected by the Lord, but the evil are on the way to their doom.
God's Chosen King
2 Why do the nations plan rebellion? Why do people make their useless plots? 2 Their 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.”
4 From his throne in heaven the Lord laughs and mocks their feeble plans. 5 Then he warns them in anger and terrifies them with his fury. 6 “On Zion,[a] 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. 8 Ask, 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.’”
10 Now listen to this warning, you kings; learn this lesson, you rulers of the world: 11 Serve the Lord with fear; tremble12 and bow down to him;[b] or else his anger will be quickly aroused, and you will suddenly die. Happy are all who go to him for protection.
5 Listen to my words, O Lord, and hear my sighs. 2 Listen to my cry for help, my God and king!
I pray to you, O Lord; 3 you hear my voice in the morning; at sunrise I offer my prayer[g] and wait for your answer.
4 You are not a God who is pleased with wrongdoing; you allow no evil in your presence. 5 You cannot stand the sight of the proud; you hate all wicked people. 6 You destroy all liars and despise violent, deceitful people.
7 But because of your great love I can come into your house; I can worship in your holy Temple and bow down to you in reverence. 8 Lord, I have so many enemies! Lead me to do your will; make your way plain for me to follow.
9 What my enemies say can never be trusted; they only want to destroy. Their words are flattering and smooth, but full of deadly deceit. 10 Condemn and punish them, O God; may their own plots cause their ruin. Drive them out of your presence because of their many sins and their rebellion against you.
11 But all who find safety in you will rejoice; they can always sing for joy. Protect those who love you; because of you they are truly happy. 12 You bless those who obey you, Lord; your love protects them like a shield.
Psalm 2:6The 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.
Psalm 2:12Probable 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.
Psalm 3:1HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by David, after he ran away from his son Absalom.
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