Why do the nations rage? Why do the people waste their time with futile plans?
The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the LORD and against his anointed one.
"Let us break their chains," they cry, "and free ourselves from this slavery."
But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them.
Then in anger he rebukes them, terrifying them with his fierce fury.
For the LORD declares, "I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, my holy city. a "
The king proclaims the LORD's decree: "The LORD said to me, 'You are my son. b Today I have become your Father. c8
Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the ends of the earth as your possession.
You will break them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.'"
Now then, you kings, act wisely! Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
Serve the LORD with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Submit to God's royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of your pursuits -- for his anger can flare up in an instant. But what joy for all who find protection in him!
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)