He summons all the kings and judges of the earth to submit themselves to him, Psalm 2:10-12. See Acts 4:25 . Psalm 2:1, NASB: "Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing?" We have, in these first three verses, a description of the hatred of human nature against the Christ of God. Gathering impudence by the traitorous proposition of rebellion, they add - "let us cast away;" as if it were an easy matter, - "let us fling off 'their cords from us.'" In a most animated and highly poetical style, the writer, in "four stanzas of three verses each," sets forth the inveterate and furious, though futile, hostility of men to God and His anointed, God's determination to carry out His purpose, that purpose as stated more fully by His Son, the establishment of the Mediatorial kingdom, and the imminent danger of all who resist, as well as the blessing of all who welcome this mighty and triumphant king. 26 and 27 Anm. "Let us be free to commit all manner of abominations. In פּלגי מים, both מים and the plur. hjs, mussitando secum loqui) of one who is searching and thinking. The rage of nations and the laugh of God. It is the people here that are seen in violent agitation: the conduct of the rulers, as associated with them, is referred to in the next verse. (Ps 2:1-3) the Nations are raging; ( Psalms 2:4-6) the Lord in heaven derides them; ( Psalms 2:7-9) the Son proclaims the decree; and (from 10 to end) advice is given to the kings to yield obedience to the Lord's anointed. Shows us the nature of sin, and the terrible results of it if it could reign. (Note: Nevertheless we have not to compare רעשׁ, רגשׁ, for רשׁע, but the Arabic in the two roots Arab. The Philistines, hearing this, encamped in the valley of Rephaim, nigh to Jerusalem, and Josephus, Antiq. To understand this psalm, we must realize that on one level it applies to King David. But in this `the people imagined a vain thing;' so far from being deceased, Christianity was on the eve of its final and permanent triumph, and the stone guarded a sepulchre empty as the urn which Electra washed with her tears. Rage. See the notes at Psalm 2:2. with the old accusative terminations am and ah). As for the matter or subject of it, it may seem to have some respect unto David, and to his advancement to and settlement in the throne of Judah and Israel; but the chief design and scope of it, and the primary intention of the Holy Ghost in it, was to describe the Messiah and his kingdom, as is manifest, 1. David sustains in it a twofold character, literal and allegorical. Verse 1. 1. The accentuation treats this member of the verse as the third member of the relative clause; one may, however, say of a thriving plant צלח, but not הצליח. Webster. The Hebrew verb is not expressive of an internal feeling, but of the outward agitation which denotes it. Arab. upon what provocation, or to what end or purpose? Arab. The schemes of these rulers against the Lord and His anointed are rooted in a time in David’s reign when some of his vassal nations sought to rebel (such as 2 Samuel 10, when the Ammonites and Syrians rebelled). (a) R. Sol. God loves and delights to cross worldly proverbs and worldly craft. "They weave the spider's web ... Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works." Note, that the commotion is not caused by the people only, but their leaders foment the rebellion. - lies between the Sheb and the tone, e.g., ננתּקה (with Dech) Psalm 2:3, ואענהוּ Psalm 91:15 and the like. The noblest kind of national hope is not simply a great event. thin, loose, without stay, like a bad piece of weaving, vid., Fleischer's translation of Samachschari's Golden Necklace pp. Psalms 2:1 This psalm is full of that great national hope of the Jews concerning Him that was to come. Herod, the fox, plotted against Christ, to hinder the course of his ministry and mediatorship, but he could not perform his enterprise; it is so all along, therefore it is said, Why do the heathen imagine a vain thing? Yes! what should move the Gentiles and the Jews to so much rage, tumult, and opposition against an holy and innocent person, and who went about doing good as he did? denotes either one brook regarded from its abundance of water, or even several which from different directions supply the tree with nourishing and refreshing moisture. WORKS WRITTEN ABOUT THE SECOND PSALM IN SPURGEON'S DAY. Where there is much rage there is generally some folly, and in this case there is an excess of it. To a graceless neck the yoke of Christ is intolerable, but to the saved sinner it is easy and light. Salem Media Group. lib. 1. serve to give intensity to the figure; פּלג (Arab. An ample fulfillment of this occurred in the opposition to him when he came in the flesh, and in the resistance everywhere made since his death to his reign upon the earth. In distinction from נטוּע, according to Jalkut 614, שׁתוּל means firmly planted, so that no winds that may rage around it are able to remove it from its place (אין מזיזין אתו ממקומו).


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