1Why do the nations rant?
Why do the peoples rave uselessly?
2The earth’s rulers take their stand;
the leaders scheme together
against the Lord and
against his anointed one.
3"Come!" they say.
"We will tear off their ropes
and throw off their chains!"
4The one who rules in heaven laughs;
my Lord makes fun of them.
5But then God speaks to them angrily;
then he terrifies them with his fury:
6"I hereby appoint my king on Zion,
my holy mountain!"
7I will announce the Lord’s decision:
He said to me, "You are my son,
today I have become your father.
8Just ask me,
and I will make the nations your possession;
the far corners of the earth will be your property.
9You will smash them with an iron rod;
you will shatter them like a pottery jar."
10So kings, wise up!
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
11Serve the Lord reverently—
trembling, 12kiss his feet#Correction; Heb uncertain; MT rejoice with trembling, kiss the son (but with son in Aram, not Heb)
or else he will become angry,
and your way will be destroyed
because his anger ignites in an instant.
But all who take refuge in the Lord are truly happy!