Wherefore Do the Nations Rage? (Psalm 2)

Wherefore Do the Nations Rage

Wherefore do the nations rage
and the people vainly dream
that in triumph they can wage
war against the King supreme?
Christ His Son a scoff they make,
and the rulers, plotting, say:
“Their dominion let us break,
let us cast their yoke away.”

But the Lord will scorn them all,
calm, He sits enthroned on high;
soon His wrath will on them fall,
sore displeased He will reply:
“Yet according to My will
I have set My King to reign,
and on Zion’s holy hill
my Anointed I maintain.”

This His word shall be made known,
this Jehovah’s firm decree:
“Thou art My beloved Son,
yea, I have begotten Thee.
All the earth at Thy request
I will give Thee for Thy own;
then Thy might shall be confessed
and Thy foes be overthrown.”

Therefore, kings, be wise, give ear;
hearken, judges of the earth;
learn to serve the Lord with fear,
mingle trembling with your mirth.
Kiss the Son, lest o’er your way
His consuming wrath should break;
but supremely blest are they
who in Christ their refuge take.

The Psalter, 1912

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