Psalm 2 (First Royal Hour, Holy Friday)
Why have the heathen raged, and the peoples meditated empty things?
The kings of the earth were aroused, and the rulers were assembled together, against the Lord, and against His Christ.
Let us break their bonds asunder, and let us cast away their yoke from us.
He that dwelleth in the heavens shall laugh them to scorn, and the Lord shall deride them.
Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and in His anger shall He trouble them.
But as for Me, I was established as king by Him, upon Zion His holy mountain, proclaiming the commandment of the Lord.
The Lord said unto Me: Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee.
Ask of Me, and I will give Thee the nations for Thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession.
Thou shalt herd them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt shatter them like a potter’s vessels.
And now, O ye kings, understand; be instructed, all ye that judge the earth.
Serve ye the Lord with fear, and rejoice in Him with trembling.
Lay hold of instruction, lest at any time the Lord be angry, and ye perish from the righteous way.
When quickly His wrath be kindled, blessed are all that have put their trust in Him.