1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?* rage: or, tumultuously assemble† imagine: Heb. meditate
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD|strong="H3068", and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.‡ vex: or, trouble
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.§ set: Heb. anointed** upon…: Heb. upon Zion, the hill of my holiness
7 I will declare the decree: the LORD|strong="H3068" hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.†† the decree: or, for a decree
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD|strong="H3068" with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
*2.1 rage: or, tumultuously assemble
†2.1 imagine: Heb. meditate
‡2.5 vex: or, trouble
§2.6 set: Heb. anointed
**2.6 upon…: Heb. upon Zion, the hill of my holiness
††2.7 the decree: or, for a decree