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Psalm 1-2 Living Bible (TLB)

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow evil men’s advice, who do not hang around with sinners, scoffing at the things of God. But they delight in doing everything God wants them to, and day and night are always meditating on his laws and thinking about ways to follow him more closely.

They are like trees along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper.

But for sinners, what a different story! They blow away like chaff before the wind. They are not safe on Judgment Day; they shall not stand among the godly.

For the Lord watches over all the plans and paths of godly men, but the paths of the godless lead to doom.

What fools the nations are to rage[a] against the Lord! How strange that men should try to outwit God!* For a summit conference of the nations has been called to plot against the Lord and his Messiah, Christ the King.[b] “Come, let us break his chains,” they say, “and free ourselves from all this slavery to God.”

But God in heaven merely laughs! He is amused by all their puny plans. And then in fierce fury he rebukes them and fills them with fear.

For the Lord declares,[c] “This is the King of my choice, and I have enthroned him in Jerusalem, my holy city.”*

His chosen one replies,[d] “I will reveal the everlasting purposes of God, for the Lord has said to me, ‘You are my Son. This is your Coronation Day.* Today I am giving you your glory.’” “Only ask and I will give you all the nations of the world. Rule them with an iron rod; smash them like clay pots!”

10 O kings and rulers of the earth, listen while there is time. 11 Serve the Lord with reverent fear; rejoice with trembling. 12 Fall down before his Son and kiss his feet[e] before his anger is roused and you perish. I am warning you—his wrath will soon begin. But oh, the joys of those who put their trust in him!


  1. Psalm 2:1 What fools . . . to rage, literally, “Why do the heathen rage?” try to outwit God, literally, “meditate a vain thing.”
  2. Psalm 2:2 his Messiah, Christ the King, literally, “his anointed.”
  3. Psalm 2:6 For the Lord declares, implied. in Jerusalem, my holy city, literally, “upon Zion, my holy mountain.”
  4. Psalm 2:7 His chosen one replies, implied. This is your Coronation Day, literally, “This day have I begotten you.”
  5. Psalm 2:12 Fall down before his Son and kiss his feet, implied.
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