Psalm 2:11
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New International Version
Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.

New Living Translation
Serve the LORD with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling.

English Standard Version
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

New American Standard Bible
Worship the LORD with reverence And rejoice with trembling.

King James Bible
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Serve the LORD with reverential awe and rejoice with trembling.

International Standard Version
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

NET Bible
Serve the LORD in fear! Repent in terror!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Serve Lord Jehovah in awe, and hold to him with trembling.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

King James 2000 Bible
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

American King James Version
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

American Standard Version
Serve Jehovah with fear, And rejoice with trembling.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Serve ye the Lord with fear: and rejoice unto him with trembling.

Darby Bible Translation
Serve Jehovah with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

English Revised Version
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Webster's Bible Translation
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

World English Bible
Serve Yahweh with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Young's Literal Translation
Serve ye Jehovah with fear, And rejoice with trembling.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:10-12 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - Serve the Lord with fear. "If ye will not serve him (i.e. honour and obey him) from love, do it from fear;" "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Psalm 111:10). And rejoice. Do not be content with fear. Go on from fear to love, and so to joy. Good men "rejoice in God alway" (Philippians 4:4). But such rejoicing must be with trembling; or, with reverence (Prayer-book Version), since no service is acceptable to God but such as is rendered "with reverence and godly fear" (Hebrews 12:28).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Serve the Lord with fear,.... Not the creature, neither more, nor besides, nor with the Creator; God and mammon cannot both be served; nor any fictitious and nominal deities, the idols of the Gentiles, who are not gods by nature; but the true Jehovah, the one and only Lord God, he only is to be worshipped and served, even Father, Son, and Spirit. Here it may be understood either of the Lord Christ, the Son of God, who is to be served by the kings and judges of the earth, he being King of kings, and Lord of lords; or rather of Jehovah the Father, since the Son seems to be distinguished from him in Psalm 2:12, and the service these persons are called unto lies not in the discharge of any office in the church, as in preaching the word, which is serving God in the Gospel of his Son; and hence the ministers of the word are eminently called the servants of the most high God; for kings and judges are not required hereby to lay aside their crowns and sceptres, and leave their seats of justice, and become preachers of the Gospel; but in acting according to the will of God revealed in his word, and in the whole worship of him, both internal and external: and this is to be done "with fear", not with fear of man, nor with servile fear of God, but with a godly and filial fear, with a reverential affection for him, and in a way agreeable to his mind and will; with reverence and awe of him, without levity, carelessness, and negligence;

and rejoice with trembling; some reference may be had to the joy in public worship, as at sacrifices and festivals, and the music in divine service under the law; and the singing of psalms and hymns and spiritual songs under the Gospel; and especially to the Gospel dispensation itself, which is a time of joy and rejoicing; the Gospel is good tidings of great joy; the kingdom of God is not in things external, but in joy in the Holy Ghost; and, above all, respect is had to a rejoicing in Christ Jesus, in his person, righteousness, and salvation: and which is consistent with "trembling"; not with a fearful looking for of judgment, but with modesty and humility; in which sense this word, when joined with "fear" as here, is used Philippians 2:12, and stands opposed to pride, haughtiness, and arrogance; men should so rejoice in Christ as to have no confidence in the flesh, or assume any degree of glory to themselves, or have any rejoicing in themselves, but wholly in Christ, giving all the glory of what they have to him.



Psalm 2:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Why Do the Nations Rage?
10Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth. 11Worship the LORD with reverence And rejoice with trembling. 12Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
Cross References
Deuteronomy 14:23
Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the LORD your God always.

Psalm 5:7
But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple.

Psalm 119:119
All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross; therefore I love your statutes.

Psalm 119:120
My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws.
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