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Psalm 2

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Crasselius (Winchester New)

1 Why do the heathen nations rage?

Why do the peoples plot in vain?

2  Earth’s kings combine in enmity;

Her rulers join against God’s reign.


They take their stand against the LORD

And challenge his anointed one:

3  “Let us break off their chains from us;

With their restraints let us be done.”


4  The One enthroned in heaven laughs;

The Lord on high derides them all.

5  Then he rebukes them in his wrath;

His rage and terror on them fall.


6  The LORD has made it known to them:

“My chosen king I have installed
On Zion, my own holy hill.
He is the one whom I have called.”

7  The king then solemnly declares:

“I will proclaim the LORD’s decree.

‘Today your father I’ve become;

You are my son,’ he said to me.


8  “ ‘Ask me, and for your heritage

I’ll give you nations near and far.

9  You’ll break them with an iron rod,

And smash them like a potter’s jar.’ ”


10  Now therefore, kings, true wisdom find;

You judges of the earth, give ear.

11  With rev’rence come and serve the LORD;

Bow down with joy and trembling fear.


12  Pay homage to the royal son
Lest you in wrath aside are thrust,

For swiftly can his anger blaze.

Blessèd are all who in him trust.

Lyrics from Sing Psalms, Copyright Free Church of Scotland

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