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Chapter 2

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   1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

   2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel
   together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,

   3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

   4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them
   in derision.

   5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore

   6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

   7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my
   Son; this day have I begotten thee.

   8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance,
   and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

   9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in
   pieces like a potter's vessel.

   10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the

   11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

   12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his
   wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their
   trust in him.
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   Threatenings against the enemies of Christ's kingdom. (1-6) Promise to
   Christ as the Head of this kingdom. (7-9) Counsel to all, to espouse
   its interests. (10-12)
   1-6 We are here told who would appear as adversaries to Christ. As this
   world is the kingdom of Satan, unconverted men, of every rank, party,
   and character, are stirred up by him to oppose the cause of God. But
   the rulers of the earth generally have been most active. The truths and
   precepts of Christianity are against ambitious projects and worldly
   lusts. We are told what they aim at in this opposition. They would
   break asunder the bands of conscience, and the cords of God's
   commandments; they will not receive, but cast them away as far as they
   can. These enemies can show no good cause for opposing so just and holy
   a government, which, if received by all, would bring a heaven upon
   earth. They can hope for no success in so opposing so powerful a
   kingdom. The Lord Jesus has all power both in heaven and in earth, and
   is Head over all things to the church, notwithstanding the restless
   endeavours of his enemies. Christ's throne is set up in his church,
   that is, in the hearts of all believers.
   7-9 The kingdom of the Messiah is founded upon an eternal decree of God
   the Father. This our Lord Jesus often referred to, as what he governed
   himself by. God hath said unto him, Thou art my Son, and it becomes
   each of us to say to him, Thou art my Lord, my Sovereign'. The Son, in
   asking the heathen for his inheritance, desires their happiness in him;
   so that he pleads for them, ever lives to do so, and is able to save to
   the uttermost, and he shall have multitudes of willing, loyal subjects,
   among them. Christians are the possession of the Lord Jesus; they are
   to him for a name and a praise. God the Father gives them to him, when,
   by his Spirit and grace, he works upon them to submit to the Lord
   10-12 Whatever we rejoice in, in this world, it must always be with
   trembling, because of the uncertainty of all things in it. To welcome
   Jesus Christ, and to submit to him, is our wisdom and interest. Let him
   be very dear and precious; love him above all, love him in sincerity,
   love him much, as she did, to whom much was forgiven, and, in token of
   it, kissed his feet, #Lu 7:38|. And with a kiss of loyalty take this
   yoke upon you, and give up yourselves to be governed by his laws,
   disposed of by his providence, and entirely devoted to his cause.
   Unbelief is a sin against the remedy. It will be utter destruction to
   yourselves; lest ye perish in the way of your sins, and from the way of
   your vain hopes; lest your way perish, lest you prove to have missed
   the way of happiness. Christ is the way; take heed lest ye be cut off
   from Him as your way to God. They thought themselves in the way; but
   neglecting Christ, they perish from it. Blessed will those be in the
   day of wrath, who, by trusting in Christ, have made him their Refuge.
   Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

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