Psalms 2

 1 Why do the nations conspire  
       and the peoples plot in vain?

 2 The kings of the earth take their stand
       and the rulers gather together
       against the LORD
       and against his Anointed One.

 3 “Let us break their chains,” they say,
       “and throw off their fetters.”

 4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
       the Lord scoffs at them.

 5 Then he rebukes them in his anger
       and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,

 6 “I have installed my King 
       on Zion, my holy hill.”

 7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD :
       He said to me, “You are my Son;
       today I have become your Father.

 8 Ask of me,
       and I will make the nations your inheritance,
       the ends of the earth your possession.

 9 You will rule them with an iron scepter;
       you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

 10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
       be warned, you rulers of the earth.

 11 Serve the LORD with fear
       and rejoice with trembling.

 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry
       and you be destroyed in your way,
       for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
       Blessed are all who take refuge in him.


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