1Why are the nations in an uproar?
Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?
2Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt,
and the princes plot together,
against the LORD and against his Anointed?
3“Let us break their yoke,” they say;
“let us cast off their bonds from us.”
4He whose throne is in heaven is laughing;
the Lord has them in derision.
5Then he speaks to them in his wrath,
and his rage fills them with terror.
6“I myself have set my king
upon my holy hill of Zion.”
7Let me announce the decree of the LORD:
he said to me, “You are my Son;
this day have I begotten you.
8Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for
and the ends of the earth for your possession.
9You shall crush them with an iron rod
and shatter them like a piece of pottery.”
10And now, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11Submit to the LORD with fear,
and with trembling bow before him;
12Lest he be angry and you perish;
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
13Happy are they all
who take refuge in him!
A Collect for Peace
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.