Psalm 2. Quare fremuerunt gentes?
- Why are the nations in an uproar? *
Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?
- Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt, and the princes plot together, *
against the Lord and against his Anointed?
- "Let us break their yoke," they say; *
let us cast off their bonds from us.
- He whose throne is in heaven is laughing; *
the Lord has them in derision.
- Then he speaks to them in his wrath, *
and his rage fills them with terror.
- "I myself have set my king *
upon my holy hill of Zion."
- Let me announce the decree of the Lord: *
he said to me, "You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.
- Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance *
and the ends of the earth for your possession.
- You shall crush them with an iron rod *
and shatter them like a piece of pottery."
- And now, you kings, be wise; *
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
- Submit to the Lord with fear, *
and with trembling bow before him;
- Lest he be angry and you perish; *
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
- Happy are they all *
who take refuge in him!
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