Psalm 2

Words: The Scottish Psalter

Common Metre

   1  Why rage the heathen? and vain things
         why do the people mind?
   2  Kings of the earth do set themselves,
         and princes are combined,
      To plot against the Lord, and his
         Anointed, saying thus,
   3  Let us asunder break their bands,
         and cast their cords from us.
   4  He that in heaven sits shall laugh;
         the Lord shall scorn them all.
   5  Then shall he speak to them in wrath,
         in rage he vex them shall.
   6  Yet, notwithstanding, I have him
         to be my King appointed;
      And over Zion, my holy hill,
         I have him King anointed.
   7  The sure decree I will declare:
         The Lord hath said to me,
      Thou art mine only Son; this day
         I have begotten thee.
   8  Ask of me, and for heritage
         the heathen I'll make thine;
      And, for possession, I to thee
         will give earth's utmost line.
   9  Thou shalt, as with a weighty rod
         of iron, break them all;
      And, as a potter's sherd, thou shalt
         them dash in pieces small.
  10  Now therefore, kings, be wise; be taught,
         ye judges of the earth:
  11  Serve God in fear, and see that ye
         join trembling with your mirth.
  12  Kiss ye the Son, lest in his ire
         ye perish from the way,
      If once his wrath begin to burn:
         blessed all that on him stay.

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