Psalm 2

The Psalmist:

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)

The Nations:

"Let us tear off their fetters;

Let us throw off from us their chains!" (3)

The Psalmist:

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)

New King:

"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)

The Psalmist:

"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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