THE FIFTH KATHISMA

PSALM 32

Of David: untitled in the Hebrew.

Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; praise becometh the upright.
Praise the Lord with the harp; sing unto Him with the psaltery of ten strings.
Sing unto Him a new song; sing skilfully unto Him with jubilation.
For the word of the Lord is right, and all His works are done in faithfulness.
The Lord loveth mercy and judgment; the earth is full of the mercy of the Lord.
By the word of the Lord were the heavens established, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
He gathereth the waters of the sea together as in a wineskin; He layeth up the depths in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord, and let all the inhabitants of the world be moved in awe of Him.
For He spake, and they were made; He commanded, and they were created.
The Lord scattereth the counsels of the heathen; He setteth aside the devices of the peoples, and maketh the counsels of princes of none effect.

But the counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of His heart from generation to generation.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and the people whom He hath chosen for His Own inheritance.
The Lord looked down from heaven; He beheld all the sons of men.
From the place of His habitation that He prepared, He looked upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
He that fashioneth their hearts alone, that considereth all their works.
There is no king saved by much power, nor shall a mighty man be saved by the greatness of his strength.
A horse is a vain thing for safety, neither shall he be saved by the greatness of his strength.
Behold, the eyes of the Lord are upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy;
To deliver their souls from death, and to nourish them in famine.
Our soul shall wait for the Lord, for He is our help and our defender.
For our heart shall be glad in Him, and we have hoped in His holy name.
Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee.

PSALM 33

For David, when he changed his appearance before Ahimelech, and he dismissed him; and he went away.

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall be praised in the Lord; let the meek hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name for ever. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my troubles. O come unto him, and be lightened; and your faces shall not be ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord shall encamp round about them that fear Him, and shall deliver them. O taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man that hopeth in Him. O fear the Lord, all ye His saints; for there is no want to them that fear Him. The rich became poor, and suffered hunger; but they that seek the Lord shall not be deprived of any good thing. Come, ye children, hearken unto me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. What man is he that desireth life, that loveth to see good days? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Turn away from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their supplication.
The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
The righteous cried, and the Lord heard them, and delivered them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart, and will save the humble of spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord shall deliver them out of them all.
The Lord keepeth all their bones; not one of them shall be broken.
The death of the sinners is evil, and they that hate the righteous shall go astray.
The Lord shall redeem the souls of His servants, and none of them that hope in Him shall go astray.


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 34

Of David.

Judge Thou, O Lord, them that do me injustice; fight against them that fight against me.
Take hold of weapon and buckler, and rise up for mine help.
Draw out the sword, and stop the way against them that persecute me; say unto my soul, I am Thy salvation.
Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul; let them be turned back and put to shame that devise evil against me.
Let them become as chaff before the face of the wind, and let the angel of the Lord afflict them.
Let their way be dark and slippery, and let the angel of the Lord pursue them.
For without cause have they hid for me destruction in their snare; without cause have they reproached my soul.
Let a snare come upon him unawares, and let the snare that he hath hid catch himself; and into that very snare let him fall.
But my soul shall exult in the Lord; it shall delight in His salvation.
All my bones shall say, Lord, O Lord, who is like unto Thee, Which deliverest the poor from the hand of them that are too strong for him, yea, the poor and needy from them that spoil him?
Unjust witnesses did rise up; they charged me with things that I knew not.
They rewarded me evil for good, and barrenness to my soul.
But as for me, when they troubled me, I put on sackcloth, and humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer shall return into mine own bosom.
I sought to please, as though it had been my neighbour or brother; I humbled myself, as one that is mourning and sad of countenance.
But they rejoiced against me, and gathered themselves together; plagues were gathered together upon me, and I knew it not. They were scattered, yet they were not pricked at the heart.
They tempted me, they scoffed at me with scorn, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.

Lord, when wilt Thou look upon me? Rescue my soul from their mischief, mine only-begotten one from the lions.
I will give Thee thanks in the great congregation; I will praise Thee among a mighty people.
Let not them that are my enemies wrongfully rejoice over me, they that hate me without a cause, and wink with the eyes.
For they spake unto me peaceably indeed, but in their anger they devised deceits.
Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me; they said, Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it.
This Thou hast seen, O Lord, keep not silence; O Lord, be not far from me.
Arise, O Lord, and attend to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.
Judge me, O Lord, according to Thy righteousness; let them not rejoice over me, O Lord my God.
Let them not say in their hearts, Aha, aha, it is well to our soul; neither let them say, We have swallowed him up.
Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at my woes. Let them be clothed with shame and confusion that speak great words against me.
Let them exult and be glad, that favour my righteous cause; yea, let them that desire the peace of Thy servant say continually, Let the Lord be magnified.
And my tongue shall speak of Thy righteousness, and of Thy praise all the day long.

PSALM 35

Unto the end: of David, the child of the Lord.

The transgressor, that he may sin, saith within himself that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
For he hath dealt deceitfully with Him, lest he should find out his iniquity, and hate it.
The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit; he hath not desired to know how to do good.
He hath devised iniquity upon his bed, he given himself to every way that is not good, and hath not abhorred evil.

Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens, and Thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.
Thy righteousness is like the mountains of God; Thy judgments are a great deep. O Lord, Thou shalt preserve man and beast.
How hast Thou multiplied Thy mercy, O God! The sons of men shall put their hope in the shelter of Thy wings.
They shall be drunken with the fatness of Thy house, and Thou shalt make them drink of the torrent of Thy delight.
For with Thee is the fountain of life; in Thy light shall we see light.
O continue Thy mercy unto them that know Thee, and Thy righteousness to the upright in heart.
Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me.
There are all the workers of iniquity fallen; they are cast out, and shall not be able to stand.


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 36

Of David.

Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be withered like the grass, and shall quickly fall away like the green herb.
Hope in the Lord, and do good, and dwell in the land; and thou shalt be fed with its riches.
Delight thyself in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thy heart.

Disclose thy way unto the Lord, hope also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.
And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
Submit thyself unto the Lord, and entreat thou Him; fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who worketh iniquity.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; fret not thyself to do evil.
For evildoers shall be cut off; but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
For yet a little while, and the sinner shall not be; yea, thou shalt seek his place, and shalt not find it.
But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
The sinner shall watch for the righteous, and gnash upon him with his teeth.
But the Lord shall laugh at him, for He seeth that his day is coming.
The sinners have drawn out the sword, they have bent their bow; to cast down the poor and needy, to slay such as be upright in heart.
Let their sword enter into their own heart, and let their bows be broken.
A little that the righteous man hath is better than the many riches of sinners.
For the arms of the sinners shall be broken, but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.
The Lord knoweth the ways of the blameless, and their inheritance shall be for ever.
They shall not be put to shame in an evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
For the sinners shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord, at the instant when they are glorified and exalted, vanish like smoke.
The sinner borroweth, and payeth not again; but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
For such as bless Him shall inherit the earth; but they that curse Him shall perish.
The steps of a man are ordered by the Lord, and He shall delight in his way.
When he falleth, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholdeth his hand.
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
The righteous is merciful, and lendeth all the day long, and his seed shall be blessed.
Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.
For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not His saints; they shall be preserved for ever. But the trangressor shall be banished, and the seed of the ungodly shall be cut off.
The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever. The mouth of the righteous shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall talk of judgment.
The law of his God is in his heart, and his steps shall not be tripped.
The sinner watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.
But the Lord will not leave him in his hands, nor condemn him when He judgeth him.
Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
I have seen the ungodly highly exalted, and lifting himself up like the cedars of Lebanon.
Yet I passed by, and lo, he was not; yea, I sought him, but his place could not be found.
Keep innocency, and behold uprightness, for there is a remnant for the man of peace.
But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; the remnant of the ungodly shall perish.
But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord, and He is their defender in the time of trouble.
And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them; and He shall rescue them from sinners, and save them, because they have hoped in Him.


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.