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Psalm 2

Psa. 2:1 KJV (With Strong’s)

Whym do the heathen
gowy (Hebrew #1471)
apparently from the same root as 1465 (in the sense of massing); a foreign nation; hence, a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts
KJV usage: Gentile, heathen, nation, people.
Pronounce: go'-ee
Origin: rarely (shortened) goy {go'-ee}
ragash (Hebrew #7283)
to be tumultuous
KJV usage: rage.
Pronounce: raw-gash'
Origin: a primitive root
n, and the people
lom (Hebrew #3816)
from an unused root meaning to gather; a community
KJV usage: nation, people.
Pronounce: leh-ome'
Origin: or l owm {leh-ome'}
hagah (Hebrew #1897)
to murmur (in pleasure or anger); by implication, to ponder
KJV usage: imagine, meditate, mourn, mutter, roar, X sore, speak, study, talk, utter.
Pronounce: daw-gaw'
Origin: a primitive root (compare 1901)
a vain thing
riyq (Hebrew #7385)
emptiness; figuratively, a worthless thing; adverbially, in vain
KJV usage: empty, to no purpose, (in) vain (thing), vanity.
Pronounce: reek
Origin: from 7324

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Ministry on This Verse

1-9:  The kingdom of Christ.
10-12:  Kings are exhorted to accept it.
A.M. 2963.
B.C. 1042.
or, tumultuously assemble.
Luke 22:1‑2,5,22‑23• 1Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.
2And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.
5And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.
22And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!
23And they began to inquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.
(Luke 22:1‑2,5,22‑23)
Acts 16:22• 22And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. (Acts 16:22)
Acts 17:5‑6• 5But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
6And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;
(Acts 17:5‑6)
Acts 19:28‑32• 28And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
29And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.
30And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.
31And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.
32Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.
(Acts 19:28‑32)
Heb. meditate.
 With ch. 1 this forms an introduction to the Psalms. (“The Placement of the Psalms in Prophecy” by B. Anstey)
 Submission to the Christ, as the depositary of this government in God's counsels at the close of this time of trial, is the subject of the second. (Practical Reflections on the Psalms: Psalms 1-4 by J.N. Darby)
 The second Psalm announces the establishment of Christ's earthly triumph and royalty in Zion, when the heathen shall be given Him for an inheritance. (Practical Reflections on the Psalms: Psalms 1-4 by J.N. Darby)
 The counsels of God as to the Messiah, made known by decree, and fulfilled by power, in spite of the counsels of men. (Psalms 2 by H. Smith)

J. N. Darby Translation

Why are the nations in tumultuous agitation, and why do the peoplesc meditate a vain thing?

JND Translation Notes

Leummim, a general word for "the races of mankind."