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Psalm 2 - the Nations Rage Against God

INTRODUCTION: In preparation for my own paraphrase of Psalm 2, I used four Bible versions, I read through some commentary notes from my Online Bible software, and examined a number of the words using my Hebrew lexicon through reference by the Strong's numbers. I believe that the exercise of developing a personal paraphrase promotes a thorough examination of the text, but for the most authoritative and reliable reference, I recommend use of an accepted translation.

Psalm 2:1-6 [in composite paraphrase]

Why do nations and individuals vainly rage against Godcontinually throughout time, setting up their own authority, andcounseling among themselves? Political and religious leaders makeplans against Jehovah and against his Messiah, saying Let us break their control over us, and completely disregard any influence from the scriptures. He that sits in heaven will laugh. The Lord will have them in derision, ridicule, and mocking. He will speak to them in the time of His wrath, and confound and greatly distress them in His extreme displeasure. God says, yet have I set my King upon my holy hill of Zion.

COMMENTS: Any spiritually minded man can ponder the question, which is posed at the beginning of Psalm two, as a reaction to being very puzzled by the behavior of those who are of this world. Even though rebellion against the all powerful one who is the very creator of all who live, is absolutely absurd, our sin nature would leave us all in this state except for the gift of God. Having a high station in life, politically, corporately, or religiously, does not bring one to the point of recognition and submission to the only real authority over life, but rather usually the opposite. Only the love of God, offered by God to us, "while we were yet sinners" can destroy the bond of sin and death, and place us under the light and easy "yoke of freedom" in serving the true and living God. The puny and foolish rebellion, by "the great men of the earth" against the God of heaven, is cause for the one with incomparable power to laugh. His judgment is coming with certainty, and for those who remain in their sin by rejecting the gift of salvation, the end will most definitely come. Despite any observable conditions, there will be no altering or withholding of the decree of eternal God, as he has set the mark in time when His King is established on His Holy Hill.


Psalm 2:7-9 [in composite paraphrase]

I will tell of the decree: Jehovah said unto me, you are my Son; this day have I begotten you. Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance, And the farthest reaches of the earth for your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

COMMENTS: And yet in contrast to the rebellious affront against one who deserves only honor and praise, the King himself comes, meek and humble, to tell of the decree. Acceptance by faith of the one who embodies this message, is the only way to receive the gift of salvation from the curse of sin and death. This quote, "Jehovah said unto me, you are my Son; This day have I begotten you." tells us of the incarnation. The next quote, "Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance, And the farthest reaches of the earth for your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." tells us that the Messiah will have a treasured inheritance to the ends of the earth; from every tribe, tongue, and nation. He will bring judgement to his enemies, and that judgement will be thorough and final.


Psalm 2:10-12 [in composite paraphrase]

Now therefore be wise, you kings: be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve Jehovah with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Give honor to the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish as you go your own way, For his wrath will soon be kindled. Blessed are all they that take refuge in him.

COMMENTS: Therefore, because of these unchangeable truths, while it is still today, the advice for everyone is to be wise and follow the instruction of the Word. This is the call to all that think they are the mighty, to recognize the highest strength and authority is beyond our imagination and understanding. And if great men are so directed, certainly the least of all men should become servant of the true and living God. Another spiritual paradox is the fear of an awesome God, while we tremble in joy at our service. The eternal God is not bound by time as he directed the writer in the past to record this command to honor the Son, lest his anger be kindled in his soon coming, and we perish in our own way. We should rather acknowledge him in all our ways, so that he might direct our paths. What a comfort to know the timeless truth that all who place trust in him for refuge are blessed.

--- Reflections in prayer ---

Thank you Jehovah for showing me the continual and common state of rebellion within all men, and therefore within myself, and the depth of vanity it carries. Forgive me for ignoring your Word, and for making gods of my own, which remain before me, while I place you, my Creator and Savior, behind my back. This rebellion of mine is so ridiculous, that it would cause you to laugh, but you still set your plan for me, and you established your King and my Savior! My salvation is great, since your holiness will not tolerate sin, which must be punished, and the time of your wrath will bring utter and complete derision and mocking for the unchanged rebel.

Thank you LORD for making my existence in history on this side of your finished work, and soon coming, and for opening my heart to be prepared for rejoicing at that time. The Father has spoken to the Son, and you have shared this, through your word, with me as part of your inheritance. All of the earth will be in total submission to you, and I will not fear the rod of iron since you have spared me from it.

LORD, keep this revealed wisdom in the forefront of my thinking, and cause me to act on any opportunities you provide for me to share this message with others for your glory. Guide the steps of my life in the pathway of fear and respect of you, my God, and may my heart kiss the Son. Thank you again LORD, for reminding me that your wrath will quickly be kindled for the end of the age, and I am truly blessed because your grace has brought me to make you my secure refuge from that holy wrath. Hallelujah!

Published 4 June 2004, first issued 5 July 2000