Psalms 2:1

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vaine thing?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Why do the nations rage, And the peoples meditate a vain thing?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Why are the nations so violently moved, and why are the thoughts of the people so foolish?
- Basic English Bible

Why are the nations in tumultuous agitation, and [why] do the peoples meditate a vain thing?
- Darby Bible

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
- Webster's Bible

Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot a vain thing?
- World English Bible

Why have nations tumultuously assembled? And do peoples meditate vanity?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Why are the nations in an uproar? And why do the peoples mutter in vain?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 2:1


2:1 Heathen - Who did so against David, #2Sam 5:6|,17 1Chron 14:8, and against Christ, #Luke 18:32 Acts 4:25|, &c.


Discussion for Psalms 2

  • B.Stewart
    God is Good all the time. And all the time God is Good. Think, if we all followed God and what he needs us to do, there would be no Evil to worry about. Our children would be safe. Death would be years away. Oh what a Glorious day That will be.
  • L.Holder
    God is great . He lay down his rules for us to follow . All we need to do is be faithful and love each other . God is not mock and he is looking out for us . Take heed and let God leads you
  • Enny Onakoya
    Psalm 2 is a great encouragement passage that really portray God as a God who is sovereign and always on top of any adverse circumstances, regardless of those that are conspiring against Him or those He endorsed their candidacy.
    Though the enemies may use their position to influence things but their plans will always fail, and fall apart like pack of cards!
  • Matt S
    We see the heathen rage specifically in these moments in time as they take to the streets protesting the rights of some as the unborn are continually slaughtered under the same morality as those who march . They hide behind self righteousness and know not GOD. But God is not mocked...Galations 6:7
  • Cheryl valentine
    Its an encouragement for me,trusting God in difficult times.He reminds me that he is God and there is no one else besides him.Praise his name👏
  • Fania Macklin
    I know the Lord is able to deliver his people and he will deliver you if you want to be.

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