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Psalm 2
WESTMINSTER | Common Meter (8,6,8,6)
Scottish Psalter
James Turtle, 1802-1882
Psalm 2
1 ¶ Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7 ¶ I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. 10 ¶ Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
1 Why rage the heathen? And vain things Why do the people mind? 2 Kings of the earth do set themselves, And princes are combined, To plot against the Lord, and his Anointed, saying thus, 3 Let us asunder break their bands, And cast their cords from us. 4 He that in heaven sits shall laugh; The Lord shall scorn them all. 5 Then shall he speak to them in wrath, In rage he vex them shall. 6 Yet I my King appointed have Upon my holy hill; On Zion mount his throne is set, Established by my will. 7 The sure decree I will declare: The Lord hath said to me, Thou art mine only Son; this day I have begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and for heritage The heathen I'll make thine; And for possession I to thee Will give earth's utmost line. 9 Thou with a rod of iron shalt Beat down and break them all; Them, as a potter's vessel, thou Shalt dash in pieces small. 10 Now therefore, kings, be wise; be taught, Ye judges of the earth: 11 Serve ye the Lord in holy fear; Join trembling with your mirth. 12 Kiss ye the Son, lest in his ire Ye perish from the way; For suddenly his wrath may burn: Blest all that on him stay.