1 Why rage the heathen? and vain things
Why do the people mind?
The kings of earth do set themselves,
and princes are combined,
2 To plot against the Lord, and his
Anointed, saying thus,
Let us asunder break their bands,
And cast their cords from us.
3 But he that sits in heav'n shall laugh;
The Lord shall scorn them all;
Then shall he speak to them in wrath,
In rage he vex them shall.
4 Yet I my King anointed have
Upon my holy hill;
And reign as King on Zion mount
For evermore he will.
5 The sure decree I will declare;
The Lord hath said to me,
Thou art my only Son; this day
I have begotten thee.
6 Ask me, and for thy heritage
The heathen I'll make thine;
And, for possession, I to thee
Will give earth's utmost line.
7 Thou shalt as with a weighty rod
Of iron break them all;
And them, as potter's vessel, thou
Shalt dash in pieces small.
8 Now, therefore, kings, be wise; be taught,
Ye judges of the earth;
In holy fear Jehovah serve,
and tremble in your mirth.
9 And kiss the Son, lest in his ire
Ye perish from the way,
If once his wrath begin to burn.
Blest all that on him stay.