Psalm 2

The Reign of the Lord's Anointed

1 r Why do s the nations rage 1
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his t Anointed, saying,
3 "Let us u burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us."

4 He who v sits in the heavens w laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his x wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 "As for me, I have y set my King
on z Zion, my a holy hill."

7 I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, b "You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and c the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall d break 2 them with e a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like f a potter's vessel."

10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 g Serve the Lord with h fear,
and i rejoice with h trembling.
12 j Kiss k the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his l wrath is quickly kindled.
m Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

  1. Cross References
    Acts 4:25 - 26
    Who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, "'Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain?
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 46:6
    The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 18:50
    Great salvation he brings to his king, and shows steadfast love to his anointed, to David and his offspring forever.
    Psalms 20:6
    Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.
    Psalms 45:7
    You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.
    Psalms 89:20
    I have found David, my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed him.
  4. Cross References
    Jeremiah 5:5
    I will go to the great and will speak to them, for they know the way of the Lord, the justice of their God." But they all alike had broken the yoke; they had burst the bonds.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 11:4
    The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord 's throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
    Psalms 29:10
    The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
    Isaiah 40:22
    It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 37:13
    But the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.
    Psalms 59:8
    But you, O Lord, laugh at them; you hold all the nations in derision.
    Job 22:19
    The righteous see it and are glad; the innocent one mocks at them.
    Proverbs 1:26
    I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you.
  7. Cross References
    Revelation 6:16 - 17
    Calling to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.
  8. Cross References
    Proverbs 8:23
    Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
  9. Cross References
    2 Samuel 5:7
    Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David.
    Psalms 110:2
    The Lord sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies!
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 3:4
    I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
    Psalms 15:1
    O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
    Psalms 43:3
    Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!
    Psalms 99:9
    Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy!
  11. Cross References
    Romans 1:4
    And was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Acts 13:33
    This he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, "'You are my Son, today I have begotten you.
    Hebrews 1:5
    For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you"? Or again, "I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son"?
    Hebrews 5:5
    So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you".
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 72:8
    May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth!
    Psalms 89:27
    And I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.
    Daniel 7:14
    And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 89:23
    I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him.
    Job 34:24
    He shatters the mighty without investigation and sets others in their place.
  14. Cross References
    Revelation 2:27
    And he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father.
    Revelation 12:5
    She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne.
    Revelation 19:15
    From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.
  15. Cross References
    Isaiah 30:14
    And its breaking is like that of a potter's vessel that is smashed so ruthlessly that among its fragments not a shard is found with which to take fire from the hearth, or to dip up water out of the cistern.
    Jeremiah 19:11
    And shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts: So will I break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter's vessel, so that it can never be mended. Men shall bury in Topheth because there will be no place else to bury.
  16. Cross References
    Hebrews 12:28
    Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.
  17. Cross References
    Philippians 2:12
    Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
  18. Cross References
    Philippians 2:12
    Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
  19. Cross References
    Philippians 4:4
    Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
  20. Cross References
    1 Samuel 10:1
    Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head and kissed him and said, "Has not the Lord anointed you to be prince over his people Israel? And you shall reign over the people of the Lord and you will save them from the hand of their surrounding enemies. And this shall be the sign to you that the Lord has anointed you to be prince over his heritage.
    1 Kings 19:18
    Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.
    John 5:23
    That all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.
  21. Cross References
    Proverbs 31:2
    What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows?
  22. Cross References
    Psalms 2:5
    Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying.
  23. Cross References
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    Jeremiah 17:7
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    Psalms 146:5
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    Isaiah 30:18
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