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Psalms 2:2-3

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2:2 The kings of the earth 1  form a united front; 2 

the rulers collaborate 3 

against the Lord and his anointed king. 4 

2:3 They say, 5  “Let’s tear off the shackles they’ve put on us! 6 

Let’s free ourselves from 7  their ropes!”

1 sn The expression kings of the earth refers somewhat hyperbolically to the kings who had been conquered by and were subject to the Davidic king.

2 tn Or “take their stand.” The Hebrew imperfect verbal form describes their action as underway.

3 tn Or “conspire together.” The verbal form is a Niphal from יָסַד (yasad). BDB 413-14 s.v. יָסַד defines the verb as “establish, found,” but HALOT 417 s.v. II יסד proposes a homonym meaning “get together, conspire” (an alternate form of סוּד, sud).

4 tn Heb “and against his anointed one.” The Davidic king is the referent (see vv. 6-7).

5 tn The words “they say” are supplied in the translation for clarification. The quotation represents the words of the rebellious kings.

6 tn Heb “their (i.e., the Lord’s and the king’s) shackles.” The kings compare the rule of the Lord and his vice-regent to being imprisoned.

7 tn Heb “throw off from us.”



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