1 Why do the nations plan rebellion? 1 Why do people make their useless plots?
2 Their kings revolt, their rulers plot together against the Lord and against the king he chose.
3 "Let us free ourselves from their rule," they say; "let us throw off their control."
4 From his throne in heaven the Lord laughs and mocks their feeble plans.
5 Then he warns them in anger and terrifies them with his fury.
6 "On Zion, a my sacred hill," he says, "I have installed my king."
7 "I will announce," says the king, "what the Lord has declared. 2 He said to me: "You are my son; today I have become your father.
8 Ask, and I will give you all the nations; the whole earth will be yours.
9 You will break them with an iron rod; 3 you will shatter them in pieces like a clay pot.' "
10 Now listen to this warning, you kings; learn this lesson, you rulers of the world:
11 Serve the Lord with fear; tremble
12 and bow down to him; b or else his anger will be quickly aroused, and you will suddenly die. Happy are all who go to him for protection.