THE TENTH KATHISMA

PSALM 70

Of David. A Psalm of the sons of Jonadab and the first that were taken captive. Untitled in the Hebrew

In Thee, O Lord, have I put my hope; let me never be put to shame. Deliver me in Thy righteousness, and rescue me; incline Thine ear unto me, and save me.
Be Thou unto me a defending God, and stronghold to save me, for Thou art my firm support and my refuge.
Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the sinner, out of the hand of the transgressor and unrighteous man.
For Thou art mine endurance, O Lord; O Lord, Thou art my hope from my youth.

On Thee have I been holden up from the womb; from my mother’s belly Thou art my protector. My song of praise is continually of Thee.
I am become as a wonder unto many, but Thou art my strong helper.
Let my mouth be filled with Thy praise, that I may hymn Thy glory and majesty all the day long.
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
For my enemies spake against me, and they that lay wait for my soul took counsel together, Saying, God hath forsaken him; persecute and take him, for there is none to deliver him.
My God, be not far from me; O my God, attend unto my help.
Let them be ashamed and brought to nought that slander my soul; let them be covered with shame and confusion that seek evils for me.
But I will hope in Thee continually, and will add to all Thy praise.
My mouth shall shew forth Thy righteousness, Thy salvation all the day; for I know not the reckoning thereof.
I will go in the strength of the Lord; O Lord, I will make mention of Thy righteousness, which is Thine alone.
O God, Thou hast taught me from my youth; and until now will I declare Thy wondrous works.
Yea, unto old age and gray hairs, my God, forsake me not; until I have shewed Thy mighty arm to every generation that is to come, Thy power and Thy righteousness, O God, and even to the highest the great things which Thou hast done. O God, who is like unto Thee? How great are the troubles which Thou hast shewed me, many and evil; yet Thou hast turned and quickened me, and hast brought me up again from the depths of the earth.
Thou hast multiplied Thy magnificence over me, and Thou hast turned and comforted me, and hast brought me up again from the depths of the earth.
Therefore I will confess Thy truth unto Thee among the peoples, O Lord, with instruments of psalmody; unto Thee will I sing with the harp, O God, the Holy One of Israel.
My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto Thee, and my soul, which Thou hast redeemed.

My tongue also shall meditate on Thy righteousness all the day long, when they are brought to shame, and confounded, that seek evils for me.

PSALM 71

Unto the end: a Psalm of David for Solomon.

Give the king Thy judgment, O Lord, and Thy righteousness unto the king’s son.
That he may judge Thy people with righteousness, and Thy poor with judgment.
Let the mountains receive peace for the people, and the hills righteousness.
He shall judge the poor of the people, and shall save the children of the needy, and shall humble the false accuser.
And He shall continue as long as the sun, and before the moon, from generation to generation.
He shall come down like rain upon a fleece, and as raindrops that fall upon the earth.
In His days shall righteousness spring up, and abundance of peace, until the moon be taken away.
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the rivers unto the ends of the earth.
The Ethiopians shall fall down before Him, and His enemies shall lick the dust.
The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents; the kings of the Arabians and of Sheba shall offer gifts.
Yea, all the kings of the earth shall worship Him; all nations shall serve Him.
For He hath delivered the needy from the oppressor, the poor also that had no helper.
He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.
He shall redeem their souls from usury and injustice, and precious shall His name be in their sight.
And He shall live, and to Him shall be given of the gold of Arabia; they and shall pray concerning Him continually; all the day long shall they bless Him.

He shall be a firmament in the earth, upon the tops of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall be exalted above Lebanon, and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
His name shall be blessed unto the ages; His name continueth before the sun. And in Him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed; all nations shall call Him blessed.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.
And blessed be the name of His glory for ever, yea, for ever and ever.
And all the earth shall be filled with His glory. So be it. So be it.


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.


The praises of David the son of Jesse are ended.

PSALM 72

A Psalm of Asaph: a song for the Assyrian.

How good is God to Israel, even to such as are of an upright heart.
But as for me, my feet were almost gone, my steps had well nigh slipped.
Because I was envious at the transgressors, when I saw the peace of sinners.
For they show no refusal in their death, and they are steadfast in their stripes.
They are not in labours as other men, neither shall they be scourged with other men.
Therefore their pride hath held them fast; they have covered themselves with their injustice and ungodliness.

Their injustice shall go forth, as out of fatness; they have come into their heart’s desire.
They have thought and spoken wickedly; they have spoken unrighteousness loftily.
They have set their mouth against heaven, and their tongue walketh through the earth.
Therefore shall my people return hither, and full days shall be found in them.
And they said, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the Most High? Behold, these are the sinners; they prosper in this age, and have obtained riches.
And I said, Verily I have justified my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.
For all the day long have I been as a man scourged, and reproof was mine every morning.
If I said, I will speak thus, behold, I had broken covenant with the generation of Thy children.
And I sought to know this, but it is a labour in my sight.
Until I come into the sanctuary of God, and understand their end.
Verily Thou hast appointed evils for them for their crafty dealings; Thou castedst them down when they were lifted up.
How are they brought to desolation in a moment! They are consumed; they have perished because of their iniquity.
As a dream of one that awaketh, O Lord, so in Thy city shalt Thou despise their image.
For my heart was on fire, and my reins were changed.
And I was brought to nothing, and I knew it not. I became as a beast before Thee, yet I am always with Thee.
Thou hast holden me by my right hand, and hast guided me with Thy counsel, and received me with glory.
For what have I in heaven, and what have I desired upon the earth beside Thee? My heart and my flesh have failed, O Thou God of my heart; but God is my portion for ever.
For lo, they that go afar from Thee shall perish; Thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from Thee.
But it is good for me to cleave unto God, to put my hope in the Lord, that I may declare all Thy praises in the gates of the daughter of Zion.

PSALM 73

A Psalm of Asaph, for instruction.

O God, why hast Thou cast us off for ever? Why hath Thine anger raged against the sheep of Thy pasture? Remember Thy congregation, which Thou hast purchased from the beginning.
Thou hast redeemed the rod of Thine inheritance, this Mount Zion wherein Thou hast dwelt.
Lift up Thy hands against their perpetual pride, against all that the enemy hath done wickedly in Thy sanctuary.
And they that hate Thee have made their boast in the midst of Thy feast.
They set up their ensigns for signs, though they knew it not, in the entrances on high.
As in a forest of trees, they have cut down at once the doors thereof with axes; they have broken it down with axe and hammer.
With fire have they burned down Thy sanctuary; they have defiled the dwelling place of Thy name to the ground.
They said in their heart, the whole kindred of them together, Come, let us abolish all the feasts of God from the earth.
We have not seen our signs, there is no more any prophet; and He will know us no more.
O God, how long shall the enemy reproach? shall the enemy provoke Thy name for ever? Why withdrawest Thou Thy hand, even Thy right hand, out of the midst of Thy bosom for ever? But God is our king before the ages; He hath worked salvation in the midst of the earth.
Thou didst establish the sea by Thy strength; Thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the water.
Thou didst crush the head of the dragon; Thou gavest him to be meat for the people of the Ethiopians.
Thou didst cleave the fountains and the torrents; Thou driedst up the rivers of Ethan.
The day is Thine, the night also is Thine; Thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
Thou hast set all the borders of the earth; Thou hast made the summer and spring.

Remember this Thy creation. The enemy hath reproached the Lord, and a foolish people hath provoked Thy name.
O deliver not over unto the wild beasts the soul that confesseth Thee; forget not the souls of Thy poor for ever.
Have respect unto Thy covenant, for the dark places of the earth are filled with the habitations of iniquity.
O let not the humble and ashamed be turned away; the poor and the needy shall praise Thy name.
Arise, O God, plead Thine Own cause; remember the reproach that is made against Thee by the foolish man all the day long.
Forget not the voice of Thy suppliants; the pride of them that hate Thee ascendeth continually.


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 74

Unto the end: destroy not; a Psalm of a song for Asaph.

Unto Thee, O God will give thanks; unto Thee will we give thanks, and call upon Thy name. I will tell of all Thy wondrous works.
When I shall be given the appointed time, I will judge uprightly.
The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are melted; I have made fast the pillars of it.
I said unto the transgressors, Transgress not; and to the sinners, Lift not up the horn.
Lift not up your horn on high, and speak not unrighteousness against God.
For judgment cometh neither from the outgoings of the sun, nor from the west, nor from the desert mountains; for God is judge.

He putteth down one, and raiseth up another; for in the hand of the Lord is a cup full of unmingled wine.
And He hath turned it from this side to that, but the dregs thereof are not wholly emptied out; all the sinners of the earth shall drink of them.
But I will rejoice for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
All the horns of the sinners also will I break, but the horn of the righteous shall be exalted.

PSALM 75

Unto the end: among the hymns; a Psalm for Asaph; a song to the Assyrian.

In Judah is God known; His name is great in Israel.
And His place hath been in peace, and His dwelling place in Zion.
There brake He the power of the bow, the weapon, and the sword, and the battle.
Thou shinest wondrously from the everlasting mountains.
All the foolish of heart were troubled, they have slept their sleep, and all the men of riches have found nothing in their hands.
At Thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, all those that mounted on horses slumbered.
Thou art to be feared, and who shall withstand Thee? From that time is Thy wrath.
Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven.
The earth feared, and was still, when God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth.
For the inward thought of man shall praise Thee, and the remainder of his inward thought shall keep a feast unto Thee.
Vow, and pay unto the Lord Thy God; all that be round about Him shall bring presents, Unto Him that is to be feared, and that taketh away the spirit of princes; unto Him that is to be feared among the kings of the earth.

PSALM 76

Unto the end: a Psalm of Asaph concerning Idithum.

I cried unto the Lord with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and He was gave ear unto me.
In the day of my trouble I sought God, with my hands lifted up by night before Him; and I was not deceived. My soul refused to be comforted.
I remembered God, and was gladdened; I pondered, and my spirit fainted.
My eyes prevented the morning watches; I was troubled, and spake not.
I have considered the days of old, and called to remembrance the years of ages past, and meditated.
I pondered in my heart in the night, and my spirit made diligent search.
Will the Lord cast off unto the ages, and will He be favourable no more? Or will He cut off His mercy for ever, His word from generation to generation? Or will God forget to shew mercy? or will He in His wrath shut up His tender mercy for ever? And I said, Now have I begun; this change is of the right hand of the Most High.
I remembered the works of the Lord, for I will remember Thy wonders from the beginning.
I will meditate also on all Thy works, and ponder Thy doings.
Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary; who is so great a God as our God? Thou art the God that doest wonders.
Thou hast made known Thy strength among the people; Thou hast with Thine arm redeemed Thy people, the sons of Jacob and of Joseph.
The waters saw Thee, O God; the waters saw Thee, and were afraid; the depths were troubled.
Great was the noise of the waters; the clouds gave voice, for Thine arrows went abroad.
The voice of Thy thunder was in their circuit, and Thy lightnings lightened the world; the earth shook and trembled.
Thy ways are in the sea, and Thy paths in many waters; and Thy footsteps shall not be known.

Thou leddest Thy people like sheep, by the hand of Moses and Aaron.


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.