Compare Psalm 2:10-12 in Four Translations

Psalm 2:11 GW

Now, you kings, act wisely.
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, or he will become angry
and you will die on your way
because his anger will burst into flames.
Blessed is everyone who takes refuge in him.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

Now then, you kings, use insight;
Let yourselves be instructed, you judges of the earth.
Serve the LORD with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, that He not be angry and you perish on the way,
For His wrath may be kindled quickly.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Word-for-Word (Formal Equivalence)



So now, kings, be wise;
receive instruction, you judges of the earth.
Serve the LORD with reverential awe
and rejoice with trembling.
Pay homage to the Son or he will be angry
and you will perish in your rebellion,
for his anger may ignite at any moment.
All who take refuge in him are happy.
Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
Thought-for-Thought (Functional Equivalence)

Kings, be wise!
Rulers of the earth, be warned!
Serve the LORD and have respect for him.
Celebrate his rule with trembling.
Obey the son completely, or he will be angry.
Your way of life will lead to your death.
His anger can blaze out at any moment.
Blessed are all those who go to him for safety.
New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)
Paraphrase (Retelling)

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