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The New King James Version

Psalm 2:1–12

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The Messiah’s Triumph and Kingdom

1 Why ado the 1nations 2rage,

And the people plot a 3vain thing?

2 The kings of the earth set themselves,

And the brulers take counsel together,

Against the Lord and against His cAnointed, 4saying,

3 “Let dus break Their bonds in pieces

And cast away Their cords from us.”

4 He who sits in the heavens eshall laugh;

The Lord shall hold them in derision.

5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,

And distress them in His deep displeasure:

6 “Yet I have 5set My King

6On My holy hill of Zion.”

7 “I will declare the 7decree:

The Lord has said to Me,

f‘You are My Son,

Today I have begotten You.

8 Ask of Me, and I will give You

The nations for Your inheritance,

And the ends of the earth for Your possession.

9 gYou shall 8break them with a rod of iron;

You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ”

10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings;

Be instructed, you judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear,

And rejoice with trembling.

12 9Kiss the Son, lest 1He be angry,

And you perish in the way,

When hHis wrath is kindled but a little.

iBlessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

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a
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Gentiles

2

throng tumultuously

3

worthless or empty

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c
4

Christ, Commissioned One, Heb. Messiah

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e
5

Lit. installed

6

Lit. Upon Zion, the hill of My holiness

7

Or decree of the Lord: He said to Me

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g
8

So with MT, Tg.; LXX, Syr., Vg. rule (cf. Rev. 2:27)

9

LXX, Vg. Embrace discipline; Tg. Receive instruction

1

LXX the Lord

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