Psalm 2

1 Why do the nations conspire

and the people plot in vain?

2 the king of the earth take their stand

and the rulers gather together

against the Lord

and against his Anointed One.

3 “Let us break their chains,” they say,

“and throw off their fetters”

4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;

the Lord scoff at them.

5 Then he rebukes them in his anger

and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,

6 “I have installed my king

on Zion, my holy hill”

7 I will proclaim the decree of the Lord:

He said to me, “you are my son

today I have become your father.

8 ask of me,

and I will make the nations your inheritance,

the ends of the earth your possession.

9 You will rule them with an iron scepter,

you will dash them to pieces like pottery”

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;

be warned, you rulers of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear

and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, Lest he be angry

and you be destroyed in your way,

for his wrath can flare up in a moment.

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

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