Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire[a]
    and the peoples plot(A) in vain?

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 2:1 Hebrew; Septuagint rage

For fools speak folly,(A)
    their hearts are bent on evil:(B)
They practice ungodliness(C)
    and spread error(D) concerning the Lord;
the hungry they leave empty(E)
    and from the thirsty they withhold water.

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Let the wicked forsake(A) their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.(B)
Let them turn(C) to the Lord, and he will have mercy(D) on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.(E)

“For my thoughts(F) are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”(G)
declares the Lord.

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Their feet rush into sin;
    they are swift to shed innocent blood.(A)
They pursue evil schemes;(B)
    acts of violence mark their ways.(C)

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All day long I have held out my hands
    to an obstinate people,(A)
who walk in ways not good,
    pursuing their own imaginations(B)

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18 “And I, because of what they have planned and done,(A) am about to come[a] and gather the people of all nations(B) and languages, and they will come and see my glory.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 66:18 The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.

The Charge Against Israel

Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites,
    because the Lord has a charge(A) to bring
    against you who live in the land:(B)
“There is no faithfulness,(C) no love,
    no acknowledgment(D) of God in the land.(E)

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