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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Psalms 2:1-12

2  Why have the nations been in tumult+ And the national groups themselves kept muttering an empty thing?+   The kings of earth take their stand+ And high officials themselves have massed together as one+ Against Jehovah+ and against his anointed one,*+   [Saying:] “Let us tear their bands apart+ And cast their cords away from us!”+   The very One sitting in the heavens+ will laugh; Jehovah* himself will hold them in derision.+   At that time he will speak to them in his anger+ And in his hot displeasure he will disturb them,+   [Saying:] “I, even I, have installed my king+ Upon Zion,+ my holy mountain.”*+   Let me refer to the decree of Jehovah; He has said to me: “You are my son;+ I, today, I have become your father.+   Ask of me,+ that I may give nations as your inheritance+ And the ends of the earth as your own possession.+   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 incensed And 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·choh′; Gr., khri·stou′; Syr., meshi·cheh; Lat., chri′stum.
One of 134 scribal changes from YHWH to ʼAdho·nai′. See App 1B.
Lit., “mountain of my holiness.”
“Break,” M; LXX, “shepherd.”
“Kiss the son.” Heb., nash·shequ-var′. 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.”