December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 Why do the nations protest and the peoples grumble in vain?
- 2 Kings on earth rise up and princes plot together against the LORD and his anointed:
- "Let us break their shackles and cast off their chains!"
- The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord derides them,
- Then speaks to them in anger, terrifies them in wrath:
- "I myself have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain."
- I will proclaim the decree of the LORD, who said to me, "You are my son; today I am your father.
- Only ask it of me, and I will make your inheritance the nations, your possession the ends of the earth.
- With an iron rod you shall shepherd them, like a clay pot you will shatter them."
- And now, kings, give heed; take warning, rulers on earth.
- Serve the LORD with fear; with trembling bow down in homage, Lest God be angry and you perish from the way in a sudden blaze of anger. Happy are all who take refuge in God!
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1 [Psalm 2] royal psalm. To rebellious kings (Psalm 2:1-3) God responds vigorously (Psalm 2:4-6). A speaker proclaims the divine decree (in the legal adoption language of the day), making the Israelite king the earthly representative of God (Psalm 2:7-9) and warning kings to obey (Psalm 2:10-11). The psalm has a messianic meaning for the Church; the New Testament understands it of Christ (Acts 4:25-27; 13:33; Hebrews 1:5).
2  Anointed: in Hebrew mashiah, "anointed"; in Greek christos, whence English Messiah and Christ. In Israel kings (Judges 9:8; 1 Sam 9:16; 16:12-13) and high priests (Lev 8:12; Numbers 3:3) received the power of their office through anointing.
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