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The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked,
    the scepter of rulers,
that struck down the peoples in wrath
    with unceasing blows,
that ruled the nations in anger
    with unrelenting persecution.
The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
    they break forth into singing.

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The Lord has broken the rod(A) of the wicked,(B)
    the scepter(C) of the rulers,
which in anger struck down peoples(D)
    with unceasing blows,
and in fury subdued(E) nations
    with relentless aggression.(F)
All the lands are at rest and at peace;(G)
    they break into singing.(H)

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