Psalms Chapter 2

Psalms Chapter 2 #Encouragement #Illumination #Worship #community (Unless otherwise cited the scriptural references in these devotionals are from the King James Version of the Bible found on – Public Domain edition.)

As we begin our study of The Book of Psalms I am giving the research some of the front matters from researchers.

Title and Purpose of the Book of Psalms

According to Grisanti, “The English title” ‘the Psalms’ draws on Greek and Latin versions of the Hebrew Old Testament (OT) (Merril, Rooker, and Grisanti (MRG) 2011, 512).

Structure of the Book of Psalms

The traditional divisions of the Psalter are these:

Book I Psalms 1-41
Book II Psalms 42-72
Book III Psalms 73-89
Book IV Psalms 90-106
Book V Psalms 107-150 (MRG 514).

The Authorship of the Book of Psalms

Grisanti continues “There are some assumptions that every section of The Book of Psalms was written by King David. Nothing could be further from the truth. Scholarly articles identify several authors of the numerous sections.”

  • Of the 150 psalms all but 34 have titles of some sort. Of the 116 titles, 100 might indicate authorship, often along with other information.
  • Moses—1 psalm (Psalm 90)
  • David—73 psalms (mostly in Books I and II)
  • Solomon—2 psalms (Psalms 72127)
  • Asaph—12 psalms (Psalms 5073-83)
  • Sons of Korah—10 psalms (Psalms 4244-4984-8587)
  • Heman, the Ezrahite—1 psalm (Psalm 88)
  • Ethan, the Ezrahite—1 psalm (Psalm 89)

(MRG 514).

Bratcher (2014) classifies the Psalms according to a specific genre. It is important that we identify the genre to facilitate reading within their context. *These Psalms are difficult to classify because they could fit into more than one group or are mixed types.


Psalms Chapter 2 (KJV)

What do these verses say to you?

  • 1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
  • 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
  • 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
  • 4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
  • 5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
  • 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
  • 7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
  • 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
  • 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
  • 10 Be wise now, therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
  • 11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
  • 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Do Not Fear. No religion, religious leader, or demagog can destroy the Church of the Living God. It is His! #WalkFree #WalkForgiven #WalkWithfear


Bratcher, Dennis. “Types of Psalms: Classifying the Psalms by Genre” (2014):

Green, W. Henry. “The Titles of the Psalms.” The Old and New Testament Student 11, no. 3 (1890): 153-67.

Merrill, Eugene H., Rooker, Mark, and Grisanti, Michael A.. 2014. The World and the Word: An Introduction to the Old Testament. B&H Publishing Group. Accessed August 4, 2018. ProQuest Ebook Central.

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