THE SECOND KATHISMA

PSALM 9

Unto the end: for the hidden things of the Son, a Psalm of David.

I will give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will speak of all Thy marvellous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in Thee; I will sing praise to Thy name, O Thou Most High.
When mine enemies are turned back, they shall be weakened, and perish at Thy presence.
For Thou hast maintained my right and my cause; Thou satest in the throne, O Thou that judgest righteousness.
Thou hast rebuked the heathen, and the ungodly hath perished; Thou hast put out his name for ever and ever.
The swords of the enemy have utterly failed, and Thou hast destroyed his cities.
His memory hath perished with a loud noise, but the Lord endureth for ever.
He hath prepared His throne for judgment, and He shall judge the world in righteousness, He shall minister judgement to the peoples in uprightness.
The Lord also is become a refuge for the poor, a helper in due season in tribulations.
And let them that know Thy name put their hope in Thee; for Thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee.
Sing praises to the Lord, Which dwelleth in Zion; declare among the nations His doings.
For He that requireth blood hath remembered them; He hath not forgotten the cry of the poor.

Have mercy upon me, O God; consider my humiliation which I suffer of mine enemies, Thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: That I may shew forth all Thy praises in the gates of the daughter of Zion: we will rejoice in Thy salvation.
The heathen are stuck fast in the destruction that they wrought; in the very snare which they hid is their own foot taken.
The Lord is known by the judgments which He executeth; the sinner is snared in the works of his own hands.
Let sinners be turned away into Hades, all the nations that forget God.
For the needy shall not alway be forgotten; the patience of the poor shall not perish for ever.
Arise, O Lord, let not man prevail; let the heathen be judged in Thy sight.
O Lord, set a lawgiver over them; let the nations know themselves to be but men.
Why hast Thou stood afar off, O Lord? Why overlookest thou us in times of need, in troubles? Whilst the ungodly man is proud, the poor man burneth within; they are caught in the devices that they imagine.
For the sinner praiseth himself for his soul’s desires, and the unrighteous blesseth himself therein.
The sinner hath provoked the Lord; in the multitude of his wrath he will not seek Him; God is not before him.
His ways are profane at all times; Thy judgments are removed out of his sight; he will gain dominion over all his enemies.
For he hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved; from generation to generation shall I be without adversity.
His mouth is full of cursing and bitterness and fraud; under his tongue are toil and travail.
He sitteth in ambush with the rich in secret places, that he may slay the innocent; his eyes are set against the poor.
He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den; he lieth in wait to seize the poor, to seize the poor when he draweth him in.
In his snare will he humble himself; he will crouch and fall when he gaineth mastery over the poor.
For he hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten; He hath turned away His face, that He may never see.
Arise, O Lord my God, let Thine hand be lifted up; forget not Thy poor to the end.

Wherefore hath the ungodly provoked God? for he hath said in his heart, He will not require it.
Thou seest it, for Thou beholdest toil and wrath, to deliver him into Thy hands.
The poor is left unto Thee, for Thou art the helper of the fatherless.
Break Thou the arm of the sinner and the evil man; his sin shall be sought out, and shall be found no more.
The Lord is King for ever, yea for ever and ever; ye heathen shall perish out of His land.
Lord, Thou hast heard the desire of the poor; Thine ear hath been attentive to the preparation of their heart.
To judge for the fatherless and the humble; that man may no more presume to magnify himself upon the earth.

PSALM 10

Unto the end: a Psalm of David.

In the Lord put I my trust; how will ye say to my soul, Flee as a sparrow to the mountains? For lo, the sinners have bent their bow, they have made ready their arrows for the quiver, that they may shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.
For they have destroyed the things that Thou hast made; but what hath the righteous done? The Lord is in His holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold the poor, His eyelids try the sons of men.
The Lord trieth the righteous and the ungodly; but he that loveth unrighteousness hateth his own soul.
Upon sinners He shall rain snares; fire and brimstone and wind of tempest shall be the portion of their cup.
For the Lord is righteous, and loveth righteousness; His countenance doth behold uprightness.


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 11

Unto the end, for the eighth (day); a Psalm of David.

Save me, O Lord, for there is no more a godly man; for truths fail from among the sons of men.
They have spoken vanity, every one with his neighbour; with deceitful lips, and with a double heart have they spoken evils.
The Lord destroy all deceitful lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things; Who have said, Our tongue will we magnify, our lips are our own; who is lord over us? For the misery of the poor, and the groaning of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord. I will set them in salvation, I shall be revealed therein.
The words of the Lord are pure words; as silver that is fired, tried in the earth, purified seven times.
Thou shalt keep us, O Lord, and preserve us from this generation, and for ever.
The ungodly walk on every side; according to Thy highness hast Thou esteemed the sons of men.

PSALM 12

Unto the end: a Psalm of David.

How long wilt Thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? How long wilt Thou turn away Thy face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrows in my heart day and night?
How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and hear me, O Lord my God; lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep in death;
Lest mine enemy say at any time, I have prevailed against him.

Those that trouble me will rejoice if I am moved, but I have hoped in Thy mercy.
My heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation; I will sing unto the Lord, Which hath dealt bountifully with me; yea, I will sing praise unto the name of the Lord Most High.

PSALM 13

Unto the end: a Psalm of David.

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
They are corrupt, and are become abominable in their doings; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
The Lord looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, to see if there were any that did understand, or seek God.
They are all gone aside, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Shall all the workers of iniquity have no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread? They have not called upon the Lord.
There were they in great fear, where there was no fear; for the Lord is in the generation of the righteous.
Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, but the Lord is his hope.
Who shall give the salvation of Israel out of Zion? When the Lord turneth back the captivity of His people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.


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.


PSALM 14

A Psalm of David.

Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle, and who shall dwell in Thy holy mount?
He that walketh blameless, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
He that hath not deceived with his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbour, nor taken up a reproach against those nearest him.
In his sight the evil doer is contemned; but he glorifieth them that fear the Lord.
He that sweareth to his neighbour, and forsweareth not; he hath not put out his money to usury, nor taken bribes against the innocent.
He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

PSALM 15

A pillar inscription for David.

Preserve me, O Lord, for in Thee have I put my hope. I said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord, for Thou hast no need of my goods.
In the saints that are in His earth hath the Lord wrought wonders; He hath fulfilled all His desires in them.
Their infirmities were multiplied; they hastened afterwards.
Their meetings for blood will I not assemble, nor make remembrance of their names by my lips.
The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup; it is Thou that restorest mine inheritance to me.
Portions are fallen unto me among the best places, for mine inheritance is most excellent to me.
I will bless the Lord, Who hath given me understanding; my reins also have instructed me till the night season.
I beheld the Lord always before me, because He is at my right hand, that I be not moved.
Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also shall rest in hope.
For Thou wilt not leave my soul in Hades, neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption.

Thou hast made known to me the paths of life; with Thy presence shalt Thou fill me with joy; at Thy right hand there are delights for evermore.

PSALM 16

A prayer of David.

Hear my right, O Lord; attend unto my supplication. Give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.
Let my judgment come forth from Thy presence; let mine eyes behold the things that are equal.
Thou hast proved mine heart; Thou hast visited it in the night; Thou hast tried me by fire, and unrighteousness hath not been found in me.
That my mouth may not speak the works of men, for the sake of the words of Thy lips have I kept hard ways.
Set Thou my goings in Thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.
I have cried, for Thou hast heard me, O God; incline Thine ear unto me, and hear my words.
Shew Thy marvellous mercies, O Thou that savest them which put their hope in Thee. From them that have resisted Thy right hand, keep me, O Lord, as the apple of Thine eye.
Thou wilt shelter me with the covert of Thy wings, from the face of the ungodly that have troubled me. Mine enemies have compassed my soul; they are inclosed in their own fat, their mouth hath spoken proudly. They cast me forth, and now have compassed me about; they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth. They have taken me like as a lion that is ready for his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.
Arise, O Lord, prevent them, and supplant them; deliver my soul from the ungodly, Thy sword from the enemies of Thine hand.
From Thy few of the earth, O Lord, do Thou separate them in their life; their belly is filled with Thy hid treasures.
They have satisfied themselves with swine, and have left the rest of their substance to their babes.
As for me, I shall appear before Thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when Thy glory appeareth unto me.


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.