1 Why this turmoil of nations,
this futile plotting of peoples,
2 with kings of the earth conspiring,
and rulers consulting together,
against the Lord and against his anointed,
3 to snap their bonds
and fling their cords away?
4 He whose throne is in heaven laughs,
the Lord mocks them.
5 Then he speaks to them in his wrath,
and in his hot anger confounds them.
6 ‘This my king is installed by me,
on Zion my holy mountain.’
7 I will tell of the Lord's decree.
He said to me: ‘You are my son,
this day I became your father.
8 Only ask, and I make you the heir of the nations,
and lord of the world to its utmost bounds.
9 You will break them with sceptre of iron,
shatter them like pottery.’
10 So now, you kings, be wise:
be warned, you rulers of earth.
11 Serve the Lord in awe,
kiss his feet with trembling,
12 lest, angry, he hurl you to ruin;
for soon will his fury blaze.
Happy all who take refuge in him.