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

  • Gregory
    THE lord JESUS will help you as long as you stay true to him.
  • Mild Bill
    Heathen have chosen as did Cain,a way that seems right to them,recipients of the tree of knowledge of good and evil,before the tree of life.The order was clear to Adam,but he subjected himself and posterity to Satan.Without life within the fruit of knowledge is deadly poisonous,evident in today's world that struggles/craves for life without God."He that hath the Son,hath life",and the truth of God
  • A disciple
    Mild Bill; Amen Brother. And what is it that they so furiously rage against, and have their vain imagination? "..Against the LORD, and against His Anointed - Christ." It filled up in their slanders and accusations and lies; its filled up in their movies and music; its filled up in every thought of their hearts and expression: "NO GOD!" and "NO ONE TELLING ME ANYTHING!" O COME LORD JESUS! ITS TIME!
  • Don lench
    i would say that let the verses one to five are talking about the battle of armageddon :) and of course in a lesser sense people or persons or countries or organizations who think they can persecute christians without eventual consequences
  • 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

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