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1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,

3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen 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 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Commentary for Psalms 2

Threatenings against the enemies of Christ's kingdom. (1-6) Promise to Christ as the Head of this kingdom. (7-9) Counsel to all, to espouse its interests. (10-12)

1-6 We are here told who would appear as adversaries to Christ. As this world is the kingdom of Satan, unconverted men, of every rank, party, and character, are stirred up by him to oppose the cause of God. But the rulers of the earth generally have been most active. The truths and precepts of Christianity are against ambitious projects and worldly lusts. We are told what they aim at in this opposition. They would break asunder the bands of conscience, and the cords of God's commandments; they will not receive, but cast them away as far as they can. These enemies can show no good cause for opposing so just and holy a government, which, if received by all, would bring a heaven upon earth. They can hope for no success in so opposing so powerful a kingdom. The Lord Jesus has all power both in heaven and in earth, and is Head over all things to the church, notwithstanding the restless endeavours of his enemies. Christ's throne is set up in his church, that is, in the hearts of all believers.

7-9 The kingdom of the Messiah is founded upon an eternal decree of God the Father. This our Lord Jesus often referred to, as what he governed himself by. God hath said unto him, Thou art my Son, and it becomes each of us to say to him, Thou art my Lord, my Sovereign'. The Son, in asking the heathen for his inheritance, desires their happiness in him; so that he pleads for them, ever lives to do so, and is able to save to the uttermost, and he shall have multitudes of willing, loyal subjects, among them. Christians are the possession of the Lord Jesus; they are to him for a name and a praise. God the Father gives them to him, when, by his Spirit and grace, he works upon them to submit to the Lord Jesus.

10-12 Whatever we rejoice in, in this world, it must always be with trembling, because of the uncertainty of all things in it. To welcome Jesus Christ, and to submit to him, is our wisdom and interest. Let him be very dear and precious; love him above all, love him in sincerity, love him much, as she did, to whom much was forgiven, and, in token of it, kissed his feet, #Lu 7:38|. And with a kiss of loyalty take this yoke upon you, and give up yourselves to be governed by his laws, disposed of by his providence, and entirely devoted to his cause. Unbelief is a sin against the remedy. It will be utter destruction to yourselves; lest ye perish in the way of your sins, and from the way of your vain hopes; lest your way perish, lest you prove to have missed the way of happiness. Christ is the way; take heed lest ye be cut off from Him as your way to God. They thought themselves in the way; but neglecting Christ, they perish from it. Blessed will those be in the day of wrath, who, by trusting in Christ, have made him their Refuge.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 2

  • Yvonne
    God will take care of our enemies,all we have to do is put our trust into the hands of an Amazing God.love u Lord.
  • Guy Sciortino
    God has declared His Son king over this earth, by virtue of His obedient life. Yet the powers that strive for worldly glory oppose God and Hus Son. Jesus' kingdom ultimately prevailed, as Daniel prophecies. This is our blessed hope. The kingdoms and rulers of this planet, though they set themselves against God and His Word, will all come under judgment. What a glorious day when Jesus returns!
  • Mulindwa henry
    I love verse 4.... The Lord enlightened me on this. Knowing that I carry Christ on my inside, whatever wages war against me wages war against Christ him. This means God looks at vessels, situations and challenges in my life and laughs. Derision is their portion.
  • T J
    I believe the Psalm is discussing the troubles David faces while among certain types of dignitaries and gives advice to who to rely on in such situations. So we an apply it all areas of our life, how despite it all we too shall be successful if stay on our path with God, trusting in Him.
  • Nicodemus Machuki Onchengo
    when i try to read this book properly it is abook of great knowledge and further more gives much understanding more also our life.Nothing can be discussed without it interfearing.
  • Jeanette
    I am soooo thankful for the peace that passes understanding the Lord gives. Such a peace that we can rest our weary bodies and minds in the midst of enormous and fierce trials we face daily. Thank you Lord!

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In Psalm 2, what does God say that he'll give David as an inheritance if he asks?
  • Wealth
  • The Heathen
  • Long life
  • Many sons