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Psalm 2:1–3

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.”

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Psalm 2:1–3 — The New International Version (NIV)

Why do the nations conspire

and the peoples plot in vain?

The kings of the earth rise up

and the rulers band together

against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,

“Let us break their chains

and throw off their shackles.”

Psalm 2:1–3 — English Standard Version (ESV)

Why do the nations rage

and the peoples plot in vain?

The kings of the earth set themselves,

and the rulers take counsel together,

against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,

“Let us burst their bonds apart

and cast away their cords from us.”

Psalm 2:1–3 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

Why do the heathen rage,

And the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves,

And the rulers take counsel together,

Against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

Let us break their bands asunder,

And cast away their cords from us.

Psalm 2:1–3 — New Living Translation (NLT)

Why are the nations so angry?

Why do they waste their time with futile plans?

The kings of the earth prepare for battle;

the rulers plot together

against the Lord

and against his anointed one.

“Let us break their chains,” they cry,

“and free ourselves from slavery to God.”

Psalm 2:1–3 — New Century Version (NCV)

Why are the nations so angry?

Why are the people making useless plans?

The kings of the earth prepare to fight,

and their leaders make plans together

against the Lord

and his appointed one.

They say, “Let’s break the chains that hold us back

and throw off the ropes that tie us down.”

Psalm 2:1–3 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

Why do the nations rage,

And the peoples meditate a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves,

And the rulers take counsel together,

Against Jehovah, and against his anointed, saying,

Let us break their bonds asunder,

And cast away their cords from us.

Psalm 2:1–3 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Why are the nations in tumultuous agitation, and why do the peoples meditate a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the princes plot together, against Jehovah and against his anointed: Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their cords from us!

Psalm 2:1–3 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Why do the nations gather together?

Why do their people devise useless plots?

Kings take their stands.

Rulers make plans together

against the Lord and against his Messiahby saying,

“Let’s break apart their chains

and shake off their ropes.”

Psalm 2:1–3 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Why do the nations rebel

and the peoples plot in vain?

The kings of the earth take their stand,

and the rulers conspire together

against the Lord and His Anointed One:

“Let us tear off their chains

and free ourselves from their restraints.”

Psalm 2:1–3 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Why do the nations conspire,

and the peoples plot in vain?

The kings of the earth set themselves,

and the rulers take counsel together,

against the Lord and his anointed, saying,

“Let us burst their bonds asunder,

and cast their cords from us.”

Psalm 2:1–3 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Why are nations in tumult,

and countries plotting in vain?

The kings of the earth establish themselves,

and the rulers conspire together

against Yahweh and his anointed:

“Let us tear off their bonds,

and cast their cords from us!”

Psalm 2:1–3 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

Why do the nations plan evil together?

Why do they make useless plans?

The kings of the earth take their stand against the Lord.

The rulers of the earth gather together against his anointed king.

“Let us break free from their chains,” they say.

“Let us throw off their ropes.”

Psalm 2:1–3 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Why are the nations in an uproar

And the peoples devising a vain thing?

The kings of the earth take their stand

And the rulers take counsel together

Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,

“Let us tear their fetters apart

And cast away their cords from us!”