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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book I
The Reign of Jehovah’s Anointed
[1]  WHY do the nations rage, 1
And the peoples meditate a vain thing?
[2]  The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against Jehovah, and against his anointed, saying,
[3]  Let us break their bonds asunder,
And cast away their cords from us.
[4]  He that sitteth in the heavens will laugh:
The Lord will have them in derision.
[5]  Then will he speak unto them in his wrath,
And vex 2 them in his sore displeasure:
[6]  Yet I have set my king
Upon my holy hill of Zion.
[7]  I will tell of the decree:
Jehovah said unto me, Thou art my son;
This day have I begotten thee.
[8]  Ask of me, and I will give thee the nations for thine inheritance,
And the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
[9]  Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron;
Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
[10]  Now therefore be wise, O ye kings:
Be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
[11]  Serve Jehovah with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
[12]  Kiss the son, lest he be angry, and ye perish in the way,
For his wrath will 3 soon be kindled.
Blessed 4 are all they that take refuge in him.
Note 1. Or, tumultuously assemble. [back]
Note 2. Or, trouble. [back]
Note 3. Or, may. [back]
Note 4. Or, Happy. [back]


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