Psalms 2
God’s Chosen King
1Why are the nations so angry?
Why are the people making useless plans?
2The kings of the earth prepare to fight.
Their leaders make plans together
against the Lord
and his appointed king.
3“Let’s break the chains that hold us prisoners.
Let’s throw off the ropes that tie us,” the nations say.
4But the Lord in heaven laughs.
He makes fun of them.
5Then the Lord warns them.
He frightens them with his anger.
6He says, “I have appointed my own king!
He will rule in Jerusalem on my holy mountain.”
7Now I will tell you what the Lord has declared:
He said to me, “You are my son.
Today I have become your father.
8If you ask me, I will give you the nations.
All the people on earth will be yours.
9You will make them obey you by punishing them with an iron rod.
You will break them into pieces like pottery.”
10So, kings, be wise.
Rulers, learn this lesson.
11Obey the Lord with great fear.
Be happy, but tremble.
12Show that you are loyal to his son.
Otherwise you will be destroyed.
He can quickly become angry.
But happy are those who trust him for protection.
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