Old Testament

Psalm 2
Psalm 2
The Nations Conspire,
But God's King Rules Securely
The Futile Rebellion of the Nations
1Why do the nations rage?
Why do the peoples grumble in vain?
2The kings of the earth take a stand,
and the rulers join together
against the Lord
and against his Anointed One.[]
3“Let us tear off their chains
and throw off their ropes from us.”
The Reaction of the Lord
4The one who is seated in heaven laughs.
The Lord scoffs at them.
5Then he speaks to them in his anger,
and in his wrath he terrifies them.
6“I have installed my King on Zion, my holy mountain.”
The Powerful Rule of God's King
7I will proclaim the decree of the Lord.
He said to me:
“You are my Son.
Today I have begotten you.[]
8Ask me,
and I will give you the nations as your inheritance
and the ends of the earth as your possession.
9You will smash them with an iron rod.
You will break them to pieces like pottery.”
The Lesson to Be Learned
10So now, you kings, do what is wise.
Accept discipline,[] you judges of the earth.
11Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12Kiss the Son,
or he will be angry,
and you will be destroyed in your way,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
How blessed are all who take refuge in him.


  • 2:2 Or Messiah
  • 2:7 Or I have become your father
  • 2:10 Or receive correction