THE SIXTH KATHISMA

PSALM 37

A Psalm of David: for a remembrance of the Sabbath.

O Lord, rebuke me not in Thy wrath, neither chasten me in Thine anger.
For Thine arrows are stuck fast in me, and Thou hast pressed Thine hand heavily upon me.
There is no soundness in my flesh because of Thine anger; neither is there any peace in my bones, because of my sins.
For mine iniquities are gone over my head; as an heavy burden have they pressed heavily upon me.
My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
I am become wretched and bowed down greatly; I went with mourning countenance all the day long.
For my loins are filled with mockings, and there is no soundness in my flesh.
I am troubled and humbled exceedingly; I have roared by reason of the groaning of my heart.
Lord, all my desire is before Thee, and my groaning is not hid from Thee.
My heart is troubled, my strength hath failed me; as for the light of my eyes, it also is not with me.
My friends and my neighbours drew near and stood against me, and my kinsmen stood afar off.
They also that sought after my soul used violence, and they that sought evils for me spake vanities, and imagined deceits all the day long.
But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
And I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
For in Thee, O Lord, have I hoped; Thou wilt hear me, O Lord my God.
For I said, Let never my enemies rejoice over me; for when my feet slipped, they magnify their words against me.

For I am ready for scourges, and my sorrow is continually before me.
For I will declare mine iniquity, and take thought for my sin.
But my enemies live, and are stronger than I, and they that hated me wrongfully are multiplied.
They that render me evil for good have slandered me, because I pursued the thing that good is.
Forsake me not, O Lord my God; depart not from me. Give heed unto my help, O Lord of my salvation.

PSALM 38

Unto the end: a song of David to Jeduthun.

I said, I will take heed to my ways, lest I sin with my tongue. I set a guard for my mouth, while the sinner stood against me.
I was dumb, and humbled myself, and held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was renewed.
My heart waxed hot within me, and while I was musing a fire was kindled. I spake with my tongue, Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know what I lack.
Behold, Thou hast made my days as an handbreadth, and my being is as nothing before Thee. Verily, all things are vanity, every man living.
Surely man walketh about as an image; he is disquieted in vain. He heapeth up riches, and knoweth not for whom he shall gather them.
And now what is my hope? is it not the Lord? Yea, my being is from Thee.
Deliver me from all my iniquities; Thou hast made me a reproach unto the foolish.
I was dumb, and opened not my mouth, because Thou hast made me.
Remove Thy scourges away from me, for I have fainted by the strength of Thine hand.
Thou with rebukes hast corrected man for iniquity, and hast made his life to consume away like a spider’s web; surely every man disquieteth himself in vain.

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and my supplication; give ear unto my tears. Hold not Thy peace, for I am a sojourner with Thee, and a stranger, as all my fathers were.
O spare me, that I may be refreshed, before I go hence, and be no more.

PSALM 39

Unto the end: a Psalm of David.

I waited patiently for the Lord, and He inclined unto me, and heard my supplication.
He brought me up also out of the pit of misery, and out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and directed my goings aright.
And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even a hymn unto our God. Many shall see it, and fear, and shall hope in the Lord.
Blessed is the man whose hope is in the name of the Lord, and regarded not vanities and false frenzies.
Many, O Lord my God, are Thy wonderful works which Thou hast done; and in Thy thoughts there is none that shall be likened to Thee. I declared and spake, They are multiplied beyond number.
Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire, but a body hast Thou perfected for me; whole burnt offerings and sin offerings hast Thou not required.
Then said I, Lo, I come; in the head of the book it is written of me, That I should do Thy will, O my God; yea, Thy law is within my heart.
I have preached the good tidings of Thy righteousness in the great congregation. Lo, I will not refrain my lips, O Lord, Thou knowest.
I have not hid Thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared Thy truth and Thy salvation. I have not concealed Thy mercy and Thy truth from the great congregation.
But withhold not Thou Thy tender mercies from me, O Lord; let Thy mercy and Thy truth continually help me.
For innumerable evils have compassed me about; mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, and I am not able to see.
They are multiplied more than the hairs of my head, and my heart hath failed me.
Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, look to helping me.
Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it. Let them be turned back and confounded that wish me evils.
Let them speedily receive shame for their reward that say unto me, Aha, aha! Let all those that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee, O Lord; and let such as love Thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.
But I am poor and needy; the Lord will think upon me. Thou art my help and my defender, my God; make no tarrying.


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 40

Unto the end: a Psalm of David.

Blessed is he that considereth the poor and needy; the Lord will deliver him in an evil day.
The Lord preserve him, and keep him alive, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not into the hands of his enemies.
The Lord help him upon his bed of pain; Thou hast turned all his bed in his sickness.
I said, Lord, be merciful unto me; heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee.
Mine enemies spake evil against me: When shall he die, and his name perish? And if he came to see me, his heart spake vanity; he gathered iniquity to himself; he went abroad, and spake in like manner.

All they that hate me whispered together against me; against me did they devise evils for me.
They set down a wicked word against me, saying, Shall he that sleepeth rise up again? Yea, even the man of my peace, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
But Thou, O Lord, be merciful unto me, and raise me up; and I will requite them.
By this I know that Thou delightest in me, because mine enemy shall not rejoice over me.
And Thou hast holpen me because of mine innocency, and hast established me before Thy face for ever.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. So be it. So be it.

PSALM 41

Unto the end: understanding for the sons of Korah.

As the hart panteth after the water springs, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God.
My soul hath thirsted for the mighty, the living God; when shall I come and appear before the face of God? My tears have been my bread day and night, whilst it is said to me daily, Where is thy God? I remembered these things, and poured out my soul in me; for I will go to the place of the wonderful tabernacle, even unto the house of God, with the voice of rejoicing and thanksgiving, the sound of those that keep holyday.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul, and why dost thou disquiet me? Hope thou in God, for I shall praise Him, the salvation of my countenance, and my God.
My soul hath been troubled within me; therefore will I remember Thee from the land of Jordan and Hermon, from the little mount.
Deep calleth unto deep at the voice of Thy cataracts; all Thy waves and Thy billows are gone over me.
The Lord will command His mercy in the daytime, and in the night a song to Him; with me is prayer unto the God of my life.

I will say unto God, Thou art my helper; why hast Thou forgotten me, and why go I mourning while mine enemy oppresseth me? While my bones were broken, mine enemies reproached me, while they said daily unto me, Where is thy God? Why art thou cast down, O my soul, and why dost thou disquiet me? Hope thou in God, for I will praise Him, Who is the salvation of my countenance, and my God.

PSALM 42

Unto the end: a Psalm of David. Untitled in the Hebrew.

Judge me, God, and give judgment in my cause against a nation that is not holy; deliver me from an unjust and deceitful man.
For Thou, O God, art my strength: why hast Thou cast me off, and why go I mourning while mine enemy oppresseth me? O send out Thy light and Thy truth; they have led me, and brought me unto Thy holy mount, and to Thy tabernacles.
And I will go unto the altar of God, unto God Which giveth gladness to my youth; upon the harp will I praise Thee, O God, my God.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul, and why dost thou disquiet me? Hope thou in God, for I shall praise Him, the salvation of my countenance, and my 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.


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 43

Unto the end: understanding for the sons of Korah.

We have heard with our ears, O God, for our fathers have told us, what work Thou didst in their days, in the days of old.
Thine hand didst destroy the heathen, and Thou plantedst them in their stead; Thou didst bring evils upon those peoples, and cast them out.
For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them.
But Thy right hand, and Thine arm, and the light of Thy countenance, because Thou hadst a favour unto them.
Thou art Thyself my King and my God, that commandest the salvation of Jacob.
Through Thee shall the horn of our strength push down our enemies, and through Thy name will we bring them to nought that rise up against us.
For I will not hope in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.
For Thou hast saved us from them that afflict us, and hast put them to shame that hated us.
In God shall we boast all the day long, and in Thy name shall we give praise for ever.
But now Thou hast cast us off, and put us to shame; and Thou, O God wilt not go forth with our armies.
Thou hast made us to turn back before our enemies, and they which hated us spoiled for themselves.
Thou hast given us like sheep appointed to be eaten, and hast scattered us among the heathen.
Thou hast sold Thy people for nought, and there was no profit in our selling.
Thou hast made us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.
Thou hast made us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the peoples.
All the day long my disgrace is before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me, For the voice of him that reproacheth and revileth, by reason of the enemy and pursuer.
All this is come upon us, yet have we not forgotten Thee, neither have we dealt unrighteously in Thy covenant.
And our heart is not turned back, but Thou hast turned aside our paths from Thy ways.

For Thou hast humbled us in a place of affliction, and the shadow of death hath covered us.
If we have forgotten the name of our God, and if we have stretched out our hands to a strange god, Shall not God search this out? for He knoweth the secrets of the heart.
For Thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
Awake, why sleepest Thou, O Lord? arise, and cast us not off for ever.
Wherefore turnest Thou Thy face away? forgettest Thou our poverty and affliction? For our soul is brought down to the dust; our belly hath cleaved unto the earth.
Arise, O Lord, help us, and redeem us for Thy name’s sake.

PSALM 44

Unto the end: concerning those verses that are to be alternated; understanding for the sons of Korah. A song of the Beloved.

My heart hath uttered a good word; I speak of my works unto the king. My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
Thou art fairer in beauty than the sons of men; grace is poured upon thy lips; therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O thou mighty one, in thy comeliness and in thy beauty.
And bend thy bow, and prosper, and reign, because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall lead thee wonderfully.
Thine arrows are sharp, O thou mighty one, in the heart of the king’s enemies; peoples shall fall under thee.
Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; the sceptre of Thy kingdom is a sceptre of uprightness.
Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest iniquity; therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Myrrh, and aloes, and cassia are from thy garments, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad, kings’ daughters in thine honour.

Upon thy right hand did stand the queen, robed in raiment of woven gold, adorned in divers colours.
Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house.
And the king shall greatly desire thy beauty, for he is thy lord, and thou shalt worship him.
And the daughters of Tyre shall worship him with gifts; even the rich among the people shall entreat thy countenance.
All the glory of the king’s daughter is from within; in gold- fringed garments is she arrayed, adorned in colours.
The virgins that follow her shall be brought unto the king; those that are near to her shall be brought unto thee.
With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought, they shall be brought into the king’s temple.
Instead of thy fathers sons are born to thee; thou shalt make them princes over all the earth.
I will remember Thy name from generation to generation. Therefore shall the peoples praise Thee for ever, yea, for ever and ever.

PSALM 45

Unto the end: for the sons of Korah, for the hidden things; a Psalm of David

God is our refuge and strength, a help in the troubles that come heavily upon us.
Therefore will not we fear when the earth is troubled, nor when the mountains are removed into the heart of the sea.
Their waters roared and were troubled; the mountains were troubled by His strength.
The streams of the river make glad the city of God; the Most High hath hallowed His tabernacle.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her right early in the morning.
Nations were troubled, kingdoms trembled: the Most High uttered His voice; the earth was moved.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our helper.
Come and behold the works of God, what wonders He hath wrought upon the earth.

He maketh wars to cease unto the ends of the earth. He shall break the bow, and knap the weapon in sunder, and burn the shields with fire.
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our helper.


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.