Psalm 2:9
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.”

Berean Study Bible
You will break them an iron scepter; You will shatter them like pottery.”

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.

Christian Standard Bible
You will break them with an iron scepter; you will shatter them like pottery."

Contemporary English Version
You will smash them with an iron rod and shatter them like dishes of clay."

Good News Translation
You will break them with an iron rod; you will shatter them in pieces like a clay pot.'"

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 HEB ▾ 
The Triumphant Messiah
8Ask Me, and I will make the nations Your inheritance, the ends of the earth Your possession. 9You will break them an iron scepter; You will shatter them like pottery.” 10Therefore be wise, O kings; be admonished, 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 brought him out of Egypt with strength like a wild ox, to devour hostile nations and crush their bones, to pierce them with arrows.

1 Samuel 2:10
Those who oppose the LORD will be shattered. He will thunder from heaven against them. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth and will give power to His king. He will exalt the horn of His anointed."

Psalm 28:5
Since they show no regard for the works of the LORD or what His hands have done, He will tear them down and never rebuild them.

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

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

Psalm 89:23
I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him.

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

Psalm 110:5
The Lord is at Your right hand; He will crush kings in the day of His wrath.

Psalm 110:6
He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead; He will crush the leaders far and wide.

Isaiah 11:4
but with righteousness He will judge the poor, and with equity He will decide in favor of the earth's oppressed. He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth and slay the wicked with the breath of His lips.

Isaiah 30:14
It will break in pieces like a potter's jar, shattered so that no fragment can be found. Not a shard will be found in the dust large enough to scoop the coals from a hearth or to skim the water from a cistern."

Jeremiah 19:11
and you are to proclaim to them that this is what the LORD of Hosts says: I will shatter this nation and this city, like one shatters a potter's jar that can never again be repaired. They will bury the dead in Topheth since there is nowhere else to bury them.

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

Daniel 2:44
In the days of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, and this kingdom will not be left to another people. It will shatter all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, but will itself stand 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 …







Lexicon
You will break them
תְּ֭רֹעֵם (tə·rō·‘êm)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7489: To spoil, to make, good for, nothing, bad

an iron
בַּרְזֶ֑ל (bar·zel)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1270: Iron, an iron implement

scepter;
בְּשֵׁ֣בֶט (bə·šê·ḇeṭ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7626: Rod, staff, club, scepter, tribe

You {will} shatter them
תְּנַפְּצֵֽם׃ (tə·nap·pə·ṣêm)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5310: To dash to pieces, scatter

like pottery.”
יוֹצֵ֣ר (yō·w·ṣêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3335: To mould into a, form, as a, potter, to determine
(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. 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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