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Psalm 2

Why do the nations gather together?
    Why do their people devise useless plots?
Kings take their stands.
    Rulers make plans together
        against Yahweh and against his Mashiach[a] by saying,
            “Let’s break apart their chains
                and shake off their ropes.”

The one enthroned in heaven laughs.
    Adonay makes fun of them.
Then he speaks to them in his anger.
    In his burning anger he terrifies them by saying,
        “I have installed my own king on Zion, my holy mountain.”

I will announce Yahweh’s decree.
    He said to me:
    “You are my Son.
        Today I have become your Father.
            Ask me, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance
                and the ends of the earth as your own possession.
You will break them with an iron scepter.
    You will smash them to pieces like pottery.”

10 Now, you kings, act wisely.
    Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
11 Serve Yahweh with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, or he will become angry
    and you will die on your way
        because his anger will burst into flames.
    Blessed is everyone who takes refuge in him.


  1. Psalm 2:2 Or “anointed one.”