Psalm 2:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 2:9, NIV: You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.'

Psalm 2:9, ESV: You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

Psalm 2:9, KJV: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

Psalm 2:9, NASB: You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.’?'

Psalm 2:9, NLT: You will break them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.''

Psalm 2:9, CSB: You will break them with an iron scepter; you will shatter them like pottery."

What does Psalm 2:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse predicts that the Lord's Anointed will smash the rebellious nations when He returns to earth to establish His kingdom (Revelation 19:11; 20:4). Not one unrighteous person will be left to enter the kingdom (Titus 3:4–7). He will use a rod of iron to shatter the rebels just as a potter smashes a vessel into pieces.

The Hebrew word for "rod" is sē'bet, often applied to a shepherd's crook. At other times it refers to a scepter. Reportedly, Pharaoh used his scepter to smash vessels that represented rebellious nations or rebellious cities in his empire. Revelation 19:15 unveils what happens to the rebellious nations when Jesus returns to earth. The verse declares: "From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron."

Psalm 89:22–26 predicts the Messiah's conquest and rule: "The enemy shall not outwit him; the wicked shall not humble him. I will crush his foes before him and strike down those that hate him. My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him, and in my name shall his horn be exalted. I will set his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers. He shall cry to me, 'You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'"