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Psalm 2

(from Day 1 Morning Prayer)

Quare fremuerunt gentes?

  1. WHY do the heathen so furiously rage together: and why do the people imagine a vain thing?
  2. The kings of the earth stand up, and the rulers take counsel together: against the Lord, and against his Anointed.
  3. Let us break their bonds asunder: and cast away their cords from us.
  4. He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn: the Lord shall have them in derision.
  5. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath: and vex them in his sore displeasure.
  6. Yet have I set my King: upon my holy hill of Sion.
  7. I will preach the law, whereof the Lord hath said unto me: Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
  8. Desire of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance: and the utmost parts of the earth for thy possession.
  9. Thou shalt bruise them with a rod of iron: and break them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
  10. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be learned, ye that are judges of the earth.
  11. Serve the Lord in fear: and rejoice unto him with reverence.
  12. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and so ye perish from the right way: if his wrath be kindled, (yea, but a little), blessed are all they that put their trust in him.