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!'"

New Heart English Bible
You shall rule them with an iron scepter. You shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."

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."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.'

New American Standard 1977
‘Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron,
            Thou shalt shatter them like earthenware.’”

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.'
Study Bible
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. 9You 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
And to the one who is victorious and continues in My work until the end, I will give authority over the nations.

Revelation 2:27
He will rule them with an iron scepter and shatter them like pottery--just as I have received authority from My Father.

Revelation 12:5
And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne.

Revelation 19:15
And from His mouth proceeds a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and He will rule them with an iron scepter. He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God, the Almighty.

Numbers 24:8
"God brings him out of Egypt, He is for him like the horns of the wild ox. He will devour the nations who are his adversaries, And will crush their bones in pieces, And shatter them with his arrows.

1 Samuel 2:10
"Those who contend with the LORD will be shattered; Against them He will thunder in the heavens, The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; And He will give strength to His king, And will exalt the horn of His anointed."

Psalm 28:5
Because they do not regard the works of the LORD Nor the deeds of His hands, He will tear them down and not build them up.

Psalm 52:5
But God will break you down forever; He will snatch you up and tear you away from your tent, And uproot you from the land of the living. Selah.

Psalm 72:4
May he vindicate the afflicted of the people, Save the children of the needy And crush the oppressor.

Psalm 89:23
"But I shall crush his adversaries before him, And strike those who hate him.
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 …

(9) Thou shalt break.--The LXX. translated, "thou shalt pasture them," understanding by the rod (Heb., shevet), as in Leviticus 27:32, a shepherd's crook. (Comp. Ezekiel 20:37; Micah 7:14.) Elsewhere the rod is a sceptre (Psalm 125:3); in Proverbs 22:15 it is a rod of correction. The use to be made of it--to dash the nations in pieces, as one breaks a potter's vessel--points to the latter of these significations here.

"Then shalt thou bring full low

With iron sceptre bruised, and them disperse

Like to a potter's vessel shivered so." (Milton's trans.)

Psalm 2:10 begins the fourth section of the poem. Subject princes are warned to be wise in time, and, as a religious duty as well as a political necessity, to submit to Jehovah.

Rejoice with trembling.--Literally, quake, referring to the motion of the body produced by strong emotion, and therefore used both of joy and terror. Our version follows the LXX.; most of the old versions paraphrase the word: Chaldean, "pray"; Syriac," cleave to him"; Arabic, "praise him." It is historically interesting to remember that the words of this verse--et nunc reges intelligite--formed the legend of the medal struck in England after the execution of Charles I.

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. 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. 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.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.
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