Psalm 2:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 2:8, NIV: Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.

Psalm 2:8, ESV: Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.

Psalm 2:8, KJV: Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

Psalm 2:8, NASB: Ask it of Me, and I will certainly give the nations as Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth as Your possession.

Psalm 2:8, NLT: Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession.

Psalm 2:8, CSB: Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance and the ends of the earth your possession.

What does Psalm 2:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Traditionally, a father would provide an inheritance for his son, payable upon the father's death. In the parable of the prodigal son, the prodigal asked his father for the inheritance in advance. In that case, it was a selfish request that sprang from a wrong motive (Luke 15:11–13). God, on the other hand, invites David to ask for his inheritance, including all the nations and all of the earth.

Although David's kingdom was sizeable, the fulfillment of this promise awaits Messiah's kingdom that follows His return to earth (Revelation 19:11; 20:4). Isaiah 9:7 points to the vast kingdom God's eternal Son will possess. This prophecy reads: "Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this."

Zechariah 2:11 anticipates Messiah's possession of the nations by proclaiming: "And many nations shall join themselves to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you."