Psalm 2:1
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
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2963 B.C.


Psalm 18:42 Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.

Psalm 46:6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

Psalm 83:4-8 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance...

Isaiah 8:9 Associate yourselves, O you people, and you shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all you of far countries: gird yourselves...

Luke 18:32 For he shall be delivered to the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:

Acts 4:25 Who by the mouth of your servant David have said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?

rage. or, tumultuously assemble

Luke 22:1,2,5,22,23 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew near, which is called the Passover...

Acts 16:22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

Acts 17:5,6 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took to them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company...

Acts 19:28-32 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians...


Matthew 21:38 But when the farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him...

John 11:49,50 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said to them, You know nothing at all...

Acts 5:33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings...

imagine. Heb. meditate

Why Do the Nations Rage?

1Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. 5Then shall he speak to them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 6Yet have I set my king on my holy hill of Zion. 7I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to me, You are my Son; this day have I begotten you. 8Ask of me, and I shall give you the heathen for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession. 9You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. 10Be wise now therefore, O you kings: be instructed, you judges of the earth. 11Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
Why do the nations rage, And the peoples meditate a vain thing?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why have the Gentiles raged, and the people devised vain things?

Darby Bible Translation
Why are the nations in tumultuous agitation, and why do the peoples meditate a vain thing?

King James Bible
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

Young's Literal Translation
Why have nations tumultuously assembled? And do peoples meditate vanity?

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