Psalm 2

1 Why are the nations agitated and the peoples muttering an empty thing?

2 The kings of the earth take their stand and high officials gather together as one against Jehovah and against his Anointed One.

3 They say: “Let us tear off their shackles and throw off their ropes!”

4 The One enthroned in the heavens will laugh; Jehovah will scoff at them.

5 At that time he will speak to them in his anger and terrify them in his burning anger,

6 saying: “I myself have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”

7 Let me proclaim the decree of Jehovah; he said to me: “You are my son; today I have become your father.

8 Ask of me, and I will give nations as your inheritance and the ends of the earth as your possession.

9 You will break them with an iron scepter, and you will smash them like a piece of pottery.”

10 So now, you kings, show insight; accept correction, you judges of the earth.

11 Serve Jehovah with fear, and rejoice[1] with trembling.

12 Kiss[2] the son, or God will become indignant and you will perish from the way, for His anger flares up quickly. Happy are all those taking refuge in Him.


[1] Or “rejoice in God”.

[2] Or “honor”.