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Psalm 2 The Passion Translation (TPT)

The Coronation of the King

Act I – The Nations Speak

How dare the nations plan a rebellion.
Their foolish plots are futile![a]
Look at how the power brokers of the world
rise up to hold their summit
as the rulers scheme and confer together
against Yahweh and his Anointed King, saying:
“Let’s come together and break away from the Creator.
Once and for all let’s cast off these controlling chains
of God and his Christ!”[b]

Act II – God Speaks

God-Enthroned[c] merely laughs at them;
the Sovereign One mocks their madness!
Then with the fierceness of his fiery anger
he settles the issue[d] and terrifies them to death[e] with these words:
“I myself have poured out my King on Zion,[f] my holy mountain.[g]

Act III – The Son Speaks

“I will reveal the eternal purpose of God.
For he has decreed over me, ‘You are my favored Son.
And as your Father I have crowned you as my King Eternal.
Today I became your Father.
Ask me[h] to give you the nations and I will do it,
and they shall become your legacy.
Your domain will stretch to the ends of the earth.
And you will shepherd them[i] with unlimited authority,
crushing their rebellion as an iron rod smashes jars of clay!’ ”

Act IV – The Holy Spirit Speaks

10 Listen to me, all you rebel-kings
and all you upstart judges of the earth.
Learn your lesson[j] while there’s still time.
11 Serve and worship the awe-inspiring God.
Recognize his greatness and bow before him,
trembling with reverence in his presence.[k]
12 Fall facedown before him and kiss the Son[l]
before his anger is roused against you.
Remember that his wrath can be quickly kindled!
But many blessings are waiting for all
who turn aside to hide themselves in him!


  1. Psalm 2:1 Or “Why are they devising emptiness?”
  2. Psalm 2:3 The word found here for “Christ” is the Hebrew word for “Messiah” or “Anointed One.”
  3. Psalm 2:4 The Aramaic is Maryah, the Aramaic form of YHWH or Lord Jehovah.
  4. Psalm 2:5 Or “In good time he drives them away.”
  5. Psalm 2:5 Or “snorts with anger.” The Hebrew word ‘aph (fiery anger) is a homonym that also means “nose.”
  6. Psalm 2:6 The word Zion is found 157 times in the Bible and 38 times in the Psalms.
  7. Psalm 2:6 For the believer today, Zion is not only a place but also a realm where Christ is enthroned. Jesus was “poured out” as a consecrated offering.
  8. Psalm 2:8 Or in the Masoretic text, “Ask wealth of me.”
  9. Psalm 2:9 As translated from the Septuagint.
  10. Psalm 2:10 Or “Do what is wise.”
  11. Psalm 2:11 Or “Rejoice with trembling.” The Hebrew word for “rejoice” means “to spin around with excited emotions” or “to twirl.”
  12. Psalm 2:12 Or “be ruled by the Son.” The Hebrew word for “kiss” is nashaq and can also mean “to be ruled by” or “be in subjection to” (the Son). Yet another possible translation of this difficult verse is “be armed with purity.”
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Psalm 2 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire[a]
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
    against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their chains
    and throw off their shackles.”

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
    the Lord scoffs at them.
He rebukes them in his anger
    and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
“I have installed my king
    on Zion, my holy mountain.

I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:

He said to me, “You are my son;
    today I have become your father.
Ask me,
    and I will make the nations your inheritance,
    the ends of the earth your possession.
You will break them with a rod of iron[b];
    you will dash them to pieces like pottery.

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
    be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear
    and celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
    and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
    Blessed are all who take refuge in him.


  1. Psalm 2:1 Hebrew; Septuagint rage
  2. Psalm 2:9 Or will rule them with an iron scepter (see Septuagint and Syriac)
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