The Book of Psalms (Hebrew: תְּהִלִּים or תהילים; Tehillim; lit. “Praises”), commonly referred to simply as Psalms, is the first book of the “Writings”, the third section of the Hebrew Bible.[1]

The composition of the psalms spans at least five centuries, from Psalm 29, which is adapted from early Canaanite worship, to others which are clearly from the post-Exilic period. The majority originated in the southern kingdom of Judah and were associated with the Temple in Jerusalem, where they probably functioned as libretto during the Temple worship.[2]

[1] Mazor, Lea (2011). “Book of Psalms”. In Berlin, Adele; Grossman, Maxine. The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion. Oxford University Press

[2] Kselman, John S. (2007). “Psalms”. In Coogan, Michael D.; Newsom, Carol Ann. The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books. Oxford UNiversity Press.


{2:1} Why do the heathen (nations) rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
{2:2} The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed,[saying,]

{2:3} Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from
us.
{2:4} He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have
them in derision.
{2:5} Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his
sore displeasure.
{2:6} Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
{2:7} I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou [art]
my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
{2:8} Ask of me, and I shall give [thee] the heathen [for] thine
inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth [for] thy
possession.
{2:9} Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in
pieces like a potter’s vessel.
{2:10} Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of
the earth.
{2:11} Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
{2:12} Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish [from] the way,
when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed [are] all they
that put their trust in him.

Psalm 2 tells of the coming Messiah (Saviour) Jesus Christ.  This Psalm is referenced in the New Testament multiple times:

Acts 4:25-28, 13:33
Matthew 3:17, 12:14, 27:1-2,
Mark 3:6
John 1:41
Luke 9:14
Revelation 2:26-27, 6:16-17,19:15

Annointed” in verse 2 means Messiah (KJV).  Jesus Christ was the coming Messiah foretold in this chapter.  In verse 7, God tells the Annointed one that “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee“, a direct reference from Matthew 3:17. And verse 9 is a reference to the future Book of Revelation, wherein the Lord Jesus Christ will return, not as Saviour, but as Judge to punish the Kings of the World for their crimes against humanity and God.

Verse 11 is a direct correlation to Proverbs 9:10, telling us that

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

Finally, a word of warning is given in verse to “Kiss the Son” (meaning to honor Him as an act of submission).  We are then told that all who believe and follow Him are blessed…


“…The blind will see
The deaf will hear
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of The Lamb!”


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