2 Why have the nations been in tumult+And the national groups themselves kept muttering an empty thing?+ 2 The kings of earth take their stand+And high officials themselves have massed together as one+Against Jehovah+ and against his anointed one,*+ 3 [Saying:] “Let us tear their bands apart+And cast their cords away from us!”+ 4 The very One sitting in the heavens+ will laugh;Jehovah* himself will hold them in derision.+ 5 At that time he will speak to them in his anger+And in his hot displeasure he will disturb them,+ 6 [Saying:] “I, even I, have installed my king+Upon Zion,+ my holy mountain.”*+ 7 Let me refer to the decree of Jehovah;He has said to me: “You are my son;+I, today, I have become your father.+ 8 Ask of me,+ that I may give nations as your inheritance+And the ends of the earth as your own possession.+ 9 You will break* them with an iron scepter,+As though a potter’s vessel you will dash them to pieces.”+ 10 And now, O kings, exercise insight;Let yourselves be corrected, O judges of the earth.+ 11 Serve Jehovah with fear+And be joyful with trembling.+ 12 Kiss the son,*+ that He may not become incensedAnd YOU may not perish [from] the way,*+For his anger flares up easily.*+Happy are all those taking refuge in him.+
^ “And against his anointed one.” Heb., weʽal-meshi·chohʹ; Gr., khri·stouʹ; Syr., meshi·cheh; Lat., chriʹstum.
^ One of 134 scribal changes from YHWH to ʼAdho·naiʹ. See App 1B.
^ Lit., “mountain of my holiness.”
^ “Break,” M; LXX, “shepherd.”
^ “Kiss the son.” Heb., nash·shequ-varʹ. Here var, Aram., is used; not ben, Heb., as in 3:Sup; T, “Receive instruction”; LXX, “Accept correction”; Vg, “Learn discipline.” See Pr 31:2 ftn.
^ “[From] the way,” in agreement with LXXVg, which read, “from the righteous way.”
^ Or, “quickly.”