). But it’s now part of the double-psalm introduction to the Psalms. If Psalm 1 ends with the wicked’s path perishing, Psalm 2 [see bracket] ends with the nations perishing with regard to the path. Psalm 1 begins with blessing, Psalm 2 ends with blessing.
2:1 Why do the nations rebel?
Why are the countries devising plots that will fail?
2:2 The kings of the earth form a united front;
the rulers collaborate
against the Lord and his anointed king.
2:3 They say, “Let’s tear off the shackles they’ve put on us!
Let’s free ourselves from their ropes!”
2:4 The one enthroned in heaven laughs in disgust;
the Lord taunts them.
2:5 Then he angrily speaks to them
and terrifies them in his rage, saying,
2:6 “I myself have installed my king
on Zion, my holy hill.”
2:7 The king says, “I will announce the Lord’s decree. He said to me:
‘You are my son! This very day I have become your father!
2:8 Ask me,
and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
the ends of the earth as your personal property.
2:9 You will break them with an iron scepter;
you will smash them like a potter’s jar!'”
2:10 So now, you kings, do what is wise;
you rulers of the earth, submit to correction!
2:11 Serve the Lord in fear!
Repent in terror!
2:12 Give sincere homage!
Otherwise he will be angry,
and you will die because of your behavior [path],
when his anger quickly ignites.
How blessed are all who take shelter in him!