The Messiah’s Reign
1Why are nations in tumult,
and countries plotting#Or “muttering” in vain?#Or “an empty thing”
2The kings of the earth establish themselves,
and the rulers conspire#Or “make themselves firm” together
against Yahweh and his anointed:
3“Let us tear off their bonds,
and cast their cords from us!”
4He who sits enthroned in the heavens laughs.
The Lord derides them.
5Then he speaks to them in his wrath,
and in his fury he terrifies them:
6“But as for me, I have set my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
7I will tell the decree;
Yahweh said to me:
“You are my son;
today I have begotten you.
8Ask from me and I will make the nations your heritage,
and your possession the ends of the earth.
9You will break them with an iron rod.
Like a potter’s vessel you will shatter them.”
10So then, O kings, be wise.
Be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11Serve Yahweh with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12Kiss the Son
lest he be angry and you perish on the way,
for his anger burns quickly.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.