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Psalm 2 International Standard Version (ISV)

The Nations and God’s Anointed

Why are the nations in an uproar,
    and their people involved in a vain plot?
As the kings of the earth take their stand
    and the rulers conspire together against the Lord and his anointed one, they say,[a]
“Let us tear off their shackles from us,[b]
    and cast off their chains.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
    the Lord scoffs at them.
In his anger he rebukes them,
    and in his wrath he terrifies them:
“I have set my king on Zion,
    my holy mountain.”

The Anointed King Speaks

Let me announce the decree of the Lord
    that he told me:

“You are my son,
    today I have become your father.
Ask of me, and I will give you
    the nations as your inheritance,
        the ends of the earth as your possession.
You will break them with an iron rod,
    you will shatter them like pottery.”

10 Therefore, kings, act wisely!
    Earthly rulers, be warned!
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss[c] the son before he becomes[d] angry,
    and you die where you stand.[e]
Indeed, his wrath can flare up quickly.

How blessed are those who take refuge in him.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 2:2 The Heb. lacks say
  2. Psalm 2:3 The Heb. lacks from us
  3. Psalm 2:12 Or Worship
  4. Psalm 2:12 Or son lest he become
  5. Psalm 2:12 Lit. you perish in the way
International Standard Version (ISV)

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Psalm 2 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 2

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.

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
    be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear
    and celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 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.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 2:1 Hebrew; Septuagint rage
  2. Psalm 2:9 Or will rule them with an iron scepter (see Septuagint and Syriac)
New International Version (NIV)

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