1 God blesses those people who refuse evil advice and won’t follow sinners or join in sneering at God. 2 Instead, the Law of the Lord makes them happy, and they think about it day and night.
3 They are like trees growing beside a stream, trees that produce fruit in season and always have leaves. Those people succeed in everything they do.
4 That isn’t true of those who are evil, because they are like straw blown by the wind. 5 Sinners won’t have an excuse on the day of judgment, and they won’t have a place with the people of God. 6 The Lord protects everyone who follows him, but the wicked follow a road that leads to ruin.
The Lord’s Chosen King
2 Why do the nations plot,[a] and why do their people make useless plans?[b] 2 The kings of this earth have all joined together to turn against the Lord and his chosen one. 3 They say, “Let’s cut the ropes and set ourselves free!”
4 In heaven the Lord laughs as he sits on his throne, making fun of the nations. 5 The Lord becomes furious and threatens them. His anger terrifies them as he says, 6 “I’ve put my king on Zion, my sacred hill.”
7 I will tell the promise that the Lord made to me: “You are my son, because today I have become your father. 8 Ask me for the nations, and every nation on earth will belong to you. 9 You will smash them with an iron rod and shatter them like dishes of clay.”
10 Be smart, all you rulers, and pay close attention. 11 Serve and honor the Lord; be glad and tremble. 12 Show respect to his son because if you don’t, the Lord might become furious and suddenly destroy you.[c] But he blesses and protects everyone who runs to him.
2.1Why. . . plot: Or “Why are the nations restless?”
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