Psalm 2:4
New International Version
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.

New Living Translation
But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them.

English Standard Version
He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.

Berean Study Bible
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord taunts them.

New American Standard Bible
He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.

King James Bible
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Christian Standard Bible
The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord ridicules them.

Contemporary English Version
In heaven the LORD laughs as he sits on his throne, making fun of the nations.

Good News Translation
From his throne in heaven the Lord laughs and mocks their feeble plans.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord ridicules them.

International Standard Version
He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.

NET Bible
The one enthroned in heaven laughs in disgust; the Lord taunts them.

New Heart English Bible
The one who sits in the heavens laughs. The LORD scoffs at them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He who sits in Heaven will laugh and Lord Jehovah will mock them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The one enthroned in heaven laughs. The Lord makes fun of them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that sitteth in heaven laugheth, The Lord hath them in derision.

New American Standard 1977
He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

King James 2000 Bible
He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

American King James Version
He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

American Standard Version
He that sitteth in the heavens will laugh: The Lord will have them in derision.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that dwells in the heavens shall laugh them to scorn, and the Lord shall mock them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh at them: and the Lord shall deride them.

Darby Bible Translation
He that dwelleth in the heavens shall laugh, the Lord shall have them in derision.

English Revised Version
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

World English Bible
He who sits in the heavens will laugh. The Lord will have them in derision.

Young's Literal Translation
He who is sitting in the heavens doth laugh, The Lord doth mock at them.
Study Bible
The Triumphant Messiah
3“Let us break Their chains and cast away Their cords.” 4The One enthroned in the heavens laughs; the Lord taunts them. 5Then He rebukes them in His anger, and terrifies them in His fury:…
Cross References
Psalm 37:13
but the Lord laughs, seeing that their day is coming.

Psalm 59:8
But You, O LORD, laugh at them; You scoff at all the nations.

Psalm 123:1
I lift up my eyes to You, the One enthroned in heaven.

Proverbs 1:26
in turn I will mock your calamity; I will sneer when terror strikes you,

Treasury of Scripture

He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

He that

Psalm 11:4
The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

Psalm 68:33
To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.

Psalm 115:3
But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

shall laugh

Psalm 37:13
The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

Psalm 53:5
There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.

Psalm 59:8
But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.







Lexicon
The One enthroned
יוֹשֵׁ֣ב (yō·wō·šêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

in the heavens
בַּשָּׁמַ֣יִם (baš·šā·ma·yim)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8064: Heaven, sky

laughs;
יִשְׂחָ֑ק (yiś·ḥāq)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7832: To laugh, to play

the Lord
אֲ֝דֹנָ֗י (’ă·ḏō·nāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 136: The Lord

taunts them.
יִלְעַג־ (yil·‘aḡ-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3932: To deride, to speak unintelligibly
(4) He that sitteth.--Here the psalm, with a sublimity truly Hebrew, turns from the wild confusion on earth to the spectacle of God looking down with mingled scorn and wrath on the fruitless attempts of the heathen against His chosen people.

Laugh.--We speak of the "irony of events "; the Hebrew ascribes irony to God, who controls events.

Verse 4. - He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh. God "laughs" at the vain and futile efforts of man to escape from the control of his laws and throw off his dominion (comp. Psalm 37:13; Psalm 59:8). It is impossible that these efforts should succeed. Men must obey God willingly, or else unwillingly. The Lord (Adonay in the ordinary Hebrew text, but a large number of manuscripts have Jehovah) shall have them in derision. "Laughter" and "derision" are, of course, anthropo-morphisms. It is meant that God views with contempt and scorn man's weak attempts at rebellion. 2:1-6 We are here told who would appear as adversaries to Christ. As this world is the kingdom of Satan, unconverted men, of every rank, party, and character, are stirred up by him to oppose the cause of God. But the rulers of the earth generally have been most active. The truths and precepts of Christianity are against ambitious projects and worldly lusts. We are told what they aim at in this opposition. They would break asunder the bands of conscience, and the cords of God's commandments; they will not receive, but cast them away as far as they can. These enemies can show no good cause for opposing so just and holy a government, which, if received by all, would bring a heaven upon earth. They can hope for no success in so opposing so powerful a kingdom. The Lord Jesus has all power both in heaven and in earth, and is Head over all things to the church, notwithstanding the restless endeavours of his enemies. Christ's throne is set up in his church, that is, in the hearts of all believers.
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