Psalm 2:4
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English Standard Version
He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.

King James Bible
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

American Standard Version
He that sitteth in the heavens will laugh: The Lord will have them in derision.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh at them: and the Lord shall deride them.

English Revised Version
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The ungodly (הרשׁעים, with the demonstrative art.) are the opposite of a tree planted by the water-courses: they are כּמּץ, like chaff (from מוּץ to press out), which the wind drives away, viz., from the loftily situated threshing-floor (Isaiah 17:13), i.e., without root below, without fruit above, devoid of all the vigour and freshness of life, lying loose upon the threshing-floor and a prey of the slightest breeze-thus utterly worthless and unstable. With על־כּן an inference is drawn from this moral characteristic of the ungodly: just on account of their inner worthlessness and instability they do not stand בּמּשׁפּט. This is the word for the judgment of just recompense to which God brings each individual man and all without exception with all their words (Ecclesiastes 12:14), - His righteous government, which takes cognisance of the whole life of each individual and the history of nations and recompenses according to desert. In this judgment the ungodly cannot stand (קוּם to continue to stand, like עמד Psalm 130:3 to keep one's self erect), nor sinners בּעדת צדיקים. The congregation (עדה( noi equals ‛idah, from ועד, יעד) of the righteous is the congregation of Jahve (עדת ה), which, according to its nature which is ordained and inwrought by God, is a congregation of the righteous, to which consequently the unrighteous belong only outwardly and visibly: ου ̓ γὰρ πάντες οἱ ἐξ Ἰσραήλ οὗτοι Ἰσραήλ, Romans 9:6. God's judgment, when and wheresoever he may hold it, shall trace back this appearance to its nothingness. When the time of the divine decision shall come, which also separates outwardly that which is now inwardly separate, viz., righteous and unrighteous, wheat and chaff, then shall the unrighteous be driven away like chaff before the storm, and their temporary prosperity, which had no divine roots, come to a fearful end. For Jahve knoweth the way of the righteous, יודע as in Psalm 37:18; Matthew 7:23; 2 Timothy 2:19, and frequently. What is intended is, as the schoolmen say, a nosse con affectu et effectu, a knowledge which is in living, intimate relationship to its subject and at the same time is inclined to it and bound to it by love. The way, i.e., the life's course, of the righteous has God as its goal; God knows this way, which on this very account also unfailingly reaches its goal. On the contrary, the way of the ungodly תּאבד, perishes, because left to itself, - goes down to אבדּון, loses itself, without reaching the goal set before it, in darkest night. The way of the righteous only is דּרך עולם, Psalm 139:24, a way that ends in eternal life. Psalm 112:1-10 which begins with אשׁרי ends with the same fearful תאבד.

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He that

Psalm 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

Psalm 68:33 To him that rides on the heavens of heavens, which were of old; see, he does send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.

Psalm 115:3 But our God is in the heavens: he has done whatever he has pleased.

Isaiah 40:22 It is he that sits on the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers...

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place...

Isaiah 66:1 Thus said the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that you build to me?...

shall laugh

Psalm 37:13 The LORD shall laugh at him: for he sees that his day is coming.

Psalm 53:5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God has scattered the bones of him that encamps against you...

Psalm 59:8 But you, O LORD, shall laugh at them; you shall have all the heathen in derision.

2 Kings 19:21 This is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him; The virgin the daughter of Zion has despised you, and laughed you to scorn...

Proverbs 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear comes;

Cross References
Psalm 37:13
but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.

Psalm 59:8
But you, O LORD, laugh at them; you hold all the nations in derision.

Psalm 123:1
To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!

Proverbs 1:26
I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you,

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