The Reign of the Lord’s Anointed.

Why are (A)the [a]nations in an uproar
And the peoples (B)devising a vain thing?
The (C)kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
(D)Against the Lord and against His [b](E)Anointed, saying,
“Let us (F)tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”

He who [c]sits in the heavens (G)laughs,
The Lord (H)scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His (I)anger
And (J)terrify them in His fury, saying,
“But as for Me, I have [d]installed (K)My King
Upon Zion, (L)My holy mountain.”

“I will surely tell of the [e]decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are (M)My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
‘Ask of Me, and (N)I will surely give (O)the [f]nations as Your inheritance,
And the very (P)ends of the earth as Your possession.
‘You shall [g](Q)break them with a [h]rod of iron,
You shall (R)shatter them like [i]earthenware.’”

10 Now therefore, O kings, (S)show discernment;
Take warning, O [j]judges of the earth.
11 [k]Worship the Lord with [l](T)reverence
And rejoice with (U)trembling.
12 [m]Do homage to (V)the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For (W)His wrath may [n]soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who (X)take refuge in Him!


  1. Psalm 2:1 Or Gentiles
  2. Psalm 2:2 Or Messiah
  3. Psalm 2:4 Or is enthroned
  4. Psalm 2:6 Or consecrated
  5. Psalm 2:7 Or decree: The Lord said to Me
  6. Psalm 2:8 Or Gentiles
  7. Psalm 2:9 Another reading is rule
  8. Psalm 2:9 Or scepter or staff
  9. Psalm 2:9 Lit potter’s ware
  10. Psalm 2:10 Or leaders
  11. Psalm 2:11 Or Serve
  12. Psalm 2:11 Or fear
  13. Psalm 2:12 Lit Kiss; some ancient versions read Do homage purely, or, Lay hold of instruction
  14. Psalm 2:12 Or quickly, suddenly, easily