Psalm 2:10
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English Standard Version
Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.

King James Bible
Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

American Standard Version
Now therefore be wise, O ye kings: Be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now, O ye kings, understand: receive instruction, you that judge the earth.

English Revised Version
Now therefore be wise, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Above the scene of this wild tumult of battle and imperious arrogance the psalmist in this six line strophe beholds Jahve, and in spirit hears His voice of thunder against the rebels. In contrast to earthly rulers and events Jahve is called יושׁב בּשּׁמים: He is enthroned above them in unapproachable majesty and ever-abiding glory; He is called אדני as He who controls whatever takes place below with absolute power according to the plan His wisdom has devised, which brooks no hindrance in execution. The futt. describe not what He will do, but what He does continually (cf. Isaiah 18:4.). למו also belongs, according to Psalm 59:9; Psalm 37:13, to ישׂחק (שׂחק which is more usual in the post-pentateuchal language equals צחק). He laughs at the defiant ones, for between them and Him there is an infinite distance; He derides them by allowing the boundless stupidity of the infinitely little one to come to a climax and then He thrusts him down to the earth undeceived. This climax, the extreme limit of the divine forbearance, is determined by the אז, as in Deuteronomy 29:19, cf. שׁם Psalm 14:5; Psalm 36:13, which is a "then" referring to the future and pointing towards the crisis which then supervenes. Then He begins at once to utter the actual language of His wrath to his foes and confounds them in the heat of His anger, disconcerts them utterly, both outwardly and in spirit. בּהל, Arab. bhl, cogn. בּלהּ, means originally to let loose, let go, then in Hebrew sometimes, externally, to overthrow, sometimes, of the mind, to confound and disconcert.

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Be wise

Jeremiah 6:8 Be you instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from you; lest I make you desolate, a land not inhabited.

Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right...


Psalm 45:12 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall entreat your favor.

Psalm 72:10,11 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts...

Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be your nursing fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers...

Isaiah 52:15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see...

Isaiah 60:3,10,11 And the Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising...

be instructed

Psalm 82:1-8 God stands in the congregation of the mighty; he judges among the gods...

Cross References
Proverbs 8:15
By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just;

Proverbs 27:11
Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.

Amos 2:3
I will cut off the ruler from its midst, and will kill all its princes with him," says the LORD.

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