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!