Psalm 2:4
New International Version
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.

New Living Translation
But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them.

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

Berean Study Bible
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord taunts them.

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

New King James Version
He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision.

New American Standard Bible
He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.

NASB 1995
He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.

NASB 1977
He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.

Amplified Bible
He who sits [enthroned] in the heavens laughs [at their rebellion]; The [Sovereign] Lord scoffs at them [and in supreme contempt He mocks them].

Christian Standard Bible
The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord ridicules them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord ridicules them.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He who sits in Heaven will laugh and LORD JEHOVAH will mock them.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that dwells in the heavens shall laugh them to scorn, and the Lord shall mock them.

Contemporary English Version
In heaven the LORD laughs as he sits on his throne, making fun of the nations.

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.

Good News Translation
From his throne in heaven the Lord laughs and mocks their feeble plans.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The one enthroned in heaven laughs. The Lord makes fun of them.

International Standard Version
He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that sitteth in heaven laugheth, The Lord hath them in derision.

Literal Standard Version
He who is sitting in the heavens laughs, The Lord mocks at them.

NET Bible
The one enthroned in heaven laughs in disgust; the Lord taunts them.

New Heart English Bible
The one who sits in the heavens laughs. The LORD scoffs at them.

World English Bible
He who sits in the heavens will laugh. The Lord will have them in derision.

Young's Literal Translation
He who is sitting in the heavens doth laugh, The Lord doth mock at them.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Triumphant Messiah
3“Let us break Their chains and cast away Their cords.” 4The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord taunts them. 5Then He rebukes them in His anger, and terrifies them in His fury:…

Cross References
Psalm 37:13
but the Lord laughs, seeing that their day is coming.

Psalm 59:8
But You, O LORD, laugh at them; You scoff at all the nations.

Psalm 123:1
I lift up my eyes to You, the One enthroned in heaven.

Proverbs 1:26
in turn I will mock your calamity; I will sneer when terror strikes you,


Treasury of Scripture

He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

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 rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.

Psalm 115:3
But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

shall laugh

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

Psalm 53:5
There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.

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









(4) He that sitteth.--Here the psalm, with a sublimity truly Hebrew, turns from the wild confusion on earth to the spectacle of God looking down with mingled scorn and wrath on the fruitless attempts of the heathen against His chosen people.

Laugh.--We speak of the "irony of events "; the Hebrew ascribes irony to God, who controls events.

Verse 4. - He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh. God "laughs" at the vain and futile efforts of man to escape from the control of his laws and throw off his dominion (comp. Psalm 37:13; Psalm 59:8). It is impossible that these efforts should succeed. Men must obey God willingly, or else unwillingly. The Lord (Adonay in the ordinary Hebrew text, but a large number of manuscripts have Jehovah) shall have them in derision. "Laughter" and "derision" are, of course, anthropo-morphisms. It is meant that God views with contempt and scorn man's weak attempts at rebellion.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The One enthroned
יוֹשֵׁ֣ב (yō·wō·šêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

in the heavens
בַּשָּׁמַ֣יִם (baš·šā·ma·yim)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 8064: Heaven, sky

laughs;
יִשְׂחָ֑ק (yiś·ḥāq)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7832: To laugh, to play

the Lord
אֲ֝דֹנָ֗י (’ă·ḏō·nāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 136: The Lord

taunts them.
יִלְעַג־ (yil·‘aḡ-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3932: To deride, to speak unintelligibly


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