Why do the nations rant? Why do the peoples rave uselessly?
The earth's rulers take their stand; the leaders scheme together against the LORD and against his anointed one.
"Come!" they say. "We will tear off their ropes and throw off their chains!"
The one who rules in heaven laughs; my Lord makes fun of them.
But then God speaks to them angrily; then he terrifies them with his fury:
"I hereby appoint my king on Zion, my holy mountain!"
I will announce the LORD's decision: He said to me, "You are my son, today I have become your father.
Just ask me, and I will make the nations your possession; the far corners of the earth will be your property.
You will smash them with an iron rod; you will shatter them like a pottery jar."
So kings, wise up! Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
Serve the LORD reverently— trembling,
kiss his feet or else he will become angry, and your way will be destroyed because his anger ignites in an instant. But all who take refuge in the LORD are truly happy!