Psalm 2:9
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New International Version
You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery."

New Living Translation
You will break them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.'"

English Standard Version
You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

New American Standard Bible
'You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.'"

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You will break them with a rod of iron; You will shatter them like pottery."

International Standard Version
You will break them with an iron rod, you will shatter them like pottery."

NET Bible
You will break them with an iron scepter; you will smash them like a potter's jar!'"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“You shall shepherd them with a scepter of iron and like a potter's vessels you will shatter them.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You will break them with an iron scepter. You will smash them to pieces like pottery."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

American King James Version
You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

American Standard Version
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt rule them with a rod of iron, and shalt break them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou shalt break them with a sceptre of iron, as a potter's vessel thou shalt dash them in pieces.

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

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

World English Bible
You shall break them with a rod of iron. You shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."

Young's Literal Translation
Thou dost rule them with a sceptre of iron, As a vessel of a potter Thou dost crush them.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:7-9 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 Jesus.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron. It is said that these words, and those of the next clause, "cannot describe the mild rule of Christ" (Rosenmuller, Do Wette, Hupfeld, etc.). But the objectors forget that there is a severe, as well as a mild, side to the dealings of God with his human creatures. St. Paul notes in the same verse both the "severity" and the "goodness" of God (Romans 11:22). Christ, though "the Prince of Peace," "came to send a sword upon the earth" (Matthew 10:34). As the appointed Judge of men, he takes vengeance on the wicked, while he rewards the righteous (Luke 3:17; Matthew 25:46). Nay, St. John, in the Apocalypse, declares that "out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations. and "ye shall rule them with a rod of iron" (Revelation 19:15; comp. 2:27; 12:5). So, with respect to the other clause of the verse - Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel - it is to be noted that there is a similar threat made by the Lord of hosts against Jerusalem in the Book of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 19:11), and that under the new covenant the same is threatened in the Revelation (Revelation 2:27). In truth, both covenants are alike in denouncing the extreme of God's wrath on impenitent sinners, such as those here spoken of.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron,.... Not his inheritance and possession among the Gentiles, the chosen ones given him by the Father; these he delights in, takes care of, protects, and preserves: but the stubborn and rebellious ones among the Heathen, and in each of the parts of the world, who will not have him to reign over them; who treat his person with contempt, reject his government, disobey his Gospel, and despise his commands; towards these Christ will use severity, and will exert his power and break them in pieces. The Vulgate Latin, Septuagint, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, render it, "shall feed" or "rule them"; and so it is cited in Revelation 2:27; and applied to Christ, the Word of God, and King of kings; and must be understood, as it is in those places, of the severity of his government over them, of the strictness of his justice, without the least display of mercy; and then the sense is the same with those versions which render it, "shall break them:" as the word used is interpreted by the Targum, and the Jewish commentators on the place; and which is confirmed by what follows:

thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel; which is very easily done with a bar of iron; and, when it is done, the pieces can never be put together again: so that by the metaphor is signified the easy and irreparable ruin of the wicked; see Isaiah 30:14. The word signifies that they should be so crumbled into dust, that they should be scattered about as with the wind; which, so far as it relates to the Jews, was fulfilled in their destruction by the Romans, and will have its accomplishment in the antichristian nations at the latter day; see Revelation 2:26.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. His enemies shall be subject to His terrible power (Job 4:9; 2Th 2:8), as His people to His grace (Ps 110:2, 3).

rod of iron—denotes severity (Re 2:27).

a potter's vessel—when shivered cannot be mended, which will describe utter destruction.

Psalm 2:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Why Do the Nations Rage?
8Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession. 9'You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.'" 10Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth.…
Cross References
Revelation 2:26
To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations--

Revelation 2:27
that one 'will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery' --just as I have received authority from my Father.

Revelation 12:5
She gave birth to a son, a male child, who "will rule all the nations with an iron scepter." And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.

Revelation 19:15
Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.

Numbers 24:8
"God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox. They devour hostile nations and break their bones in pieces; with their arrows they pierce them.

1 Samuel 2:10
those who oppose the LORD will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven; the LORD will judge the ends of the earth. "He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed."

Psalm 28:5
Because they have no regard for the deeds of the LORD and what his hands have done, he will tear them down and never build them up again.

Psalm 52:5
Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin: He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living.

Psalm 72:4
May he defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; may he crush the oppressor.

Psalm 89:23
I will crush his foes before him and strike down his adversaries.

Psalm 110:2
The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, "Rule in the midst of your enemies!"

Psalm 110:5
The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath.

Psalm 110:6
He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.

Isaiah 11:4
but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.

Isaiah 30:14
It will break in pieces like pottery, shattered so mercilessly that among its pieces not a fragment will be found for taking coals from a hearth or scooping water out of a cistern."

Jeremiah 19:11
and say to them, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: I will smash this nation and this city just as this potter's jar is smashed and cannot be repaired. They will bury the dead in Topheth until there is no more room.

Daniel 2:34
While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them.

Daniel 2:44
"In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.
Treasury of Scripture

You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

Psalm 21:8,9 Your hand shall find out all your enemies: your right hand shall …

Psalm 89:23 And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him.

Psalm 110:5,6 The Lord at your right hand shall strike through kings in the day …

Isaiah 30:14 And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that …

Isaiah 60:12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; …

Jeremiah 19:11 And shall say to them, Thus said the LORD of hosts; Even so will …

Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, …

Matthew 21:44 And whoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever …

Revelation 2:26,27 And he that overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him will …

Revelation 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with …

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