Psalm 2



Quare fremuerunt gentes?BCP p. 586

1Why are the nations in an uproar? *Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?

2Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt, and the princes plot together, *against the Lord and against his Anointed?

3“Let us break their yoke,” they say; *“let us cast off their bonds from us.”

4He whose throne is in heaven is laughing; *the Lord has them in derision.

5Then he speaks to them in his wrath, *and his rage fills them with terror.

6“I myself have set my king *upon my holy hill of Zion.”

7Let me announce the decree of the Lord: *he said to me, “You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.

8Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance *and the ends of the earth for your possession.

9You shall crush them with an iron rod *and shatter them like a piece of pottery.”

10And now, you kings, be wise; *be warned, you rulers of the earth.

11Submit to the Lord with fear, *and with trembling bow before him;

12Lest he be angry and you perish; *for his wrath is quickly kindled.

13Happy are they all *who take refuge in him!