Why Do The Nations Move And Rage


Why do the nations move and rage,
And people form a vain design?
Kings of the earth do set themselves
And princes in deep plots combine,
With one consent against the Lord,
And his Messiah, and dare say,
“Let us asunder break their bands,
And cast their cords of rule away?”

But He who sits in heaven will laugh,
The Lord at first will them deride;
In anger then to them He’ll speak,
In wrath to vex them in their pride;
“See I have set my king upon
Zion my mount of sanctity,
And the immutable decree
Proclaim abroad to all will I.”

The Lord to me said, “Thou my Son,
This day have I begotten thee;
Ask, and the nations I will give
For thine inheritance to be:
And of the earth Thou shalt possess
The utmost coasts and lands abroad;
The foes shalt break as potters ware,
And crush as with an iron rod.”

Now therefore, O ye kings, be wise;
Be learned, ye who earth’s judges are;
Serve ye the Lord with reverence;
Rejoice, but yet with trembling fear:
Kiss he the Son, lest He be wroth,
And ye should perish in your way;
When once his wrath a little burns,
Blessed are all that on him stay.

The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New Testament,