11Happy are those
who reject the advice of evil people,
who do not follow the example of sinners
or join those who have no use for God.
2Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the LORD,
and they study it day and night.
They are like trees that grow beside a stream,
that bear fruit at the right time,
and whose leaves do not dry up.
They succeed in everything they do.
4But evil people are not like this at all;
they are like straw that the wind blows away.
5Sinners will be condemned by God
and kept apart from God's own people.
6The righteous are guided and protected by the LORD,
but the evil are on the way to their doom.
Why do the nations plan rebellion?
Why do people make their useless plots?
2Their kings revolt,
their rulers plot together against the LORD
and against the king he chose.
3“Let us free ourselves from their rule,” they say;
“let us throw off their control.”
4From his throne in heaven the Lord laughs
and mocks their feeble plans.
5Then he warns them in anger
and terrifies them with his fury.
6“On Zion,2.6 Zion: See Zion in Word List. my sacred hill,” he says,
“I have installed my king.”
“I will announce,” says the king, “what the LORD has declared.
He said to me: ‘You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8Ask, and I will give you all the nations;
the whole earth will be yours.
You will break them with an iron rod;
you will shatter them in pieces like a clay pot.’ ”
10Now listen to this warning, you kings;
learn this lesson, you rulers of the world:
11Serve the LORD with fear;
12tremble and bow down to him;2.12 Probable text tremble… him; some other possible texts with trembling kiss his feet and with trembling kiss the Son and tremble and kiss the mighty one; Hebrew unclear.
or else his anger will be quickly aroused,
and you will suddenly die.
Happy are all who go to him for protection.