Why are the nations in tumult?
Why do the peoples mutter vanity? (1)
The kings of the world take their stand;
the rulers conspire together
against Yahweh and against his anointed: (2)
"Let us tear off their fetters;
Let us throw off from us their chains!" (3)
The one who sits enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord mocks at them. (4)
Then he speaks to them in his anger
and terrifies them in his hot displeasure: (5)
"I am the one who set my king on Zion my holy hill!" (6)
"Let me tell about the decree of Yahweh:
He said to me:
`You are my son; it is I, this day, who have given you birth. (7)
Ask of me, and I will give nations as your inheritance,
and the ends of the earth as your possession. (8)
You will rule them/shatter them with a scepter of iron,
you will smash them like potter's vessels.'" (9)
"And now, kings, act wisely;
be reproved, judges of the world. (10)
Serve Yahweh with fear;
kiss his feet with trembling.
Lest he become angry and you perish from the way,
since his anger breaks out quickly."
How to be emulated are those who seek refuge in him. (11-12)
© Ralph W. Klein
Feel free to use this translation in Christian worship.
December 7, 2000
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