THE FIRST KATHISMA

PSALM 1

Of David, untitled in the Hebrew.

Blessed is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of the pestilent.
But his will is in the law of the Lord, and in His law shall he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like the tree planted by the streams of waters, that shall bring forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not fall, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so, not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away from the face of the earth.
Therefore the ungodly shall not rise up in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

PSALM 2

A Psalm of David.

Why did the heathen rage, and the peoples imagine vain things?
The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against His Christ, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their yoke from us.
He that dwelleth in the heavens shall laugh them to scorn, and the Lord shall have them in derision.
Then shall He speak to them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure.
But I was established King by Him upon His holy mount of Zion, declaring the decree of the Lord.

The Lord hath said unto me, Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee.
Ask of Me, and I shall give Thee the heathen for Thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession.
Thou shalt shepherd them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessels.
Be wise now therefore, O ye kings; be instructed, all ye judges of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice in Him with trembling.
Embrace instruction, lest the Lord be angry, and ye perish from the righteous way, when His wrath is kindled suddenly.
Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.

PSALM 3

A Psalm of David, when he fled from the presence of his son Absalom in the wilderness.

Lord, why are they increased that trouble me? many are they that rise up against me.
Many there be which say to my soul, There is no salvation for him in his God.
But Thou, O Lord, art my helper, my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy mount.
I laid me down and slept; I arose, for the Lord will help me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God: for Thou hast smitten all them that are mine enemies without a cause; Thou hast broken the teeth of sinners.
Salvation is of the Lord, and Thy blessing is upon Thy people.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God.
Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.


PSALM 4

Unto the end: in hymns, a Psalm of David.

Thou hast heard me when I called upon Thee, O God of my righteouness; Thou hast set me at liberty when I was in trouble. Have pity upon me, and hear my prayer.
O ye sons of men, how long will ye be slow of heart? Why love ye vanity, and seek after leasing? But know that the Lord hath made His holy one wonderful; the Lord will hear me when I cry unto Him.
Be ye angry, and sin not; feel compunction upon your beds for what ye say in your hearts.
Offer the sacrifice of righteousness, and put your hope in the Lord. There be many that say, Who will shew us good things? The light of Thy countenance is signed upon us, O Lord.
Thou hast put gladness in my heart; from the fruit of their wheat, and wine and oil are they increased.
I will both lay me down in peace and sleep; for Thou, Lord, only hast made me to dwell in hope.

PSALM 5

Unto the end: a Psalm of David, for her that obtained the inheritance.

Give ear to my words, O Lord; understand my cry.
Give heed to the voice of my supplication, my King, and my God; for unto Thee will I pray, O Lord.
My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning; in the morning will I stand before Thee, and Thou shalt look upon me; for Thou art not a God that willeth iniquity.
Neither shall the evil doer dwell with Thee, nor shall transgressors stand in Thy sight.
Thou hatest all workers of iniquity; Thou shalt destroy all them that speak leasing.

The Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
But as for me, I will come into Thy house in the multitude of Thy mercy: in Thy fear will I worship toward Thy holy temple.
Guide me, O Lord, in Thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make my way straight before Thy face.
For there is no truth in their mouth; their heart is vain.
Their throat is an open sepulchre, they have deceived with their tongues; judge Thou them, O God.
Let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out according to the multitude of their ungodliness; for they have embittered Thee, O Lord.
But let all those that put their hope in Thee be glad; they shall rejoice for ever, and Thou shalt dwell in them, and all they that love Thy name shall glory in Thee, For Thou wilt bless the righteous. O Lord, Thou hast crowned us as with a shield of Thy good pleasure.

PSALM 6

Unto the end: a Psalm of David, among the songs for the eighth.

O Lord, rebuke me not in Thine anger, neither chasten me in Thy wrath.
Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am weak: O Lord, heal me, for my bones are vexed, my soul is also sore vexed: but Thou, O Lord, how long? Turn Thee, O Lord, deliver my soul; oh save me for Thy mercy’s sake.
For in death there is none that is mindful of Thee, and in Hades who shall give Thee thanks? I am weary with my groaning; every night will I wash my bed, I will water my couch with my tears.
Mine eye is troubled because of anger; I am waxen old among all mine enemies.
Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity, for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.
The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord hath received my prayer.
Let all my enemies be ashamed and sore vexed; let them be turned back, and be ashamed suddenly.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.


PSALM 7

A Psalm of David, which he sang to the Lord about the words of Cush the Benjamite.

O Lord my God, in Thee have I put my hope: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me.
Lest at any time he seize my soul like a lion, while there is none to deliver or to save.
O Lord my God, if I have done this; if there be injustice in my hands; If I have rewarded evils unto them that rendered me evils, then let me fall away empty from mine enemies.
Let the enemy pursue my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay my glory in the dust.
Arise, O Lord, in Thine anger; lift up Thyself to the uttermost borders of Thine enemies.
And awake, O Lord my God, according to the precept that Thou hast commanded, and a congregation of the peoples shall compass Thee about; for their sakes therefore return Thou on high.
The Lord shall judge the peoples. Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine innocency that is in me.
Oh let the wickedness of sinners come to an end; and Thou shalt direct the righteous, O God, that searchest the hearts and reins.
Righteous is my help from God, Which saveth the upright in heart.
God is a righteous judge, strong and forbearing, and inflicteth not anger every day.

If ye turn not, He will furbish His sword; He hath bent His bow, and made it ready.
He hath also prepared on it the instruments of death; He hath made ready His arrows for them that burn with rage.
Behold, he hath travailed with injustice; he hath conceived toil, and brought forth wickedness.
He opened a pit, and digged it, and shall fall into the ditch which he made.
His travail shall return upon his own head, and his injustice shall come down upon his own pate.
I will give thanks unto the Lord according to His righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

PSALM 8

Unto the end: a Psalm of David over the winepresses.

O Lord our Lord, how wonderful is Thy Name in all the earth! For Thy majesty is exalted above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast Thou perfected praise because of Thine enemies, that Thou mightest destroy the enemy and the avenger.
For I will consider the heavens, the works of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast founded.
What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that Thou visitest him? Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels; Thou hast crowned him with glory and honour, and hast made him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands.
Thou hast put all things under his feet: all sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field.
The fowls of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the sea.
O Lord our Lord, how wonderful is Thy Name in all the earth!


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. O Lord, our Hope, glory to Thee.