1 Why do the nations conspire,
   and the peoples plot in vain?


2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
   and the rulers take counsel together,
   against the Lord and his anointed, saying,

3 ‘Let us burst their bonds asunder,
   and cast their cords from us.’

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
   the Lord has them in derision.

5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
   and terrify them in his fury, saying,

6 ‘I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.’

7 I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to me, ‘You are my son;
   today I have begotten you.

8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
   and the ends of the earth your possession.

9 You shall break them with a rod of iron,
   and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’

10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
   be warned, O rulers of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear,
   with trembling
 12 kiss his feet,
or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;
   for his wrath is quickly kindled. Happy are all who take refuge in him.