THE NINTH KATHISMA

PSALM 64

Unto the end: a Psalm of a song of David. The song sung by Jeremiah and Ezekiel and the captive people, when they were about to depart.

Unto Thee, O God, belongeth praise in Zion, and unto Thee shall the vow be performed in Jerusalem.
Hear my prayer; unto Thee shall all flesh come.
The words of transgressors have overpowered us, but Thou shalt be merciful to our ungodliness.
Blessed is he whom Thou hast chosen, and taken unto Thee; he shall dwell in Thy courts.
We shall be filled with the good things of Thy house; holy is Thy temple, wonderful in righteousness.
Hearken unto us, O God our Saviour, Thou hope of all the ends of the earth and of them that are afar off upon the sea.
Who by Thy strength settest fast the mountains, being girded about with power; Who troublest the depths of the sea: who shall withstand the noise of its waves? The nations shall be troubled, they also that dwell in the uttermost parts shall be afraid at Thy tokens; Thou shalt make the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.
Thou hast visited the earth, and watered it plenteously; Thou hast greatly enriched it.
The river of God is full of waters; Thou hast prepared their food, for so is its preparation.
Make Thou her furrows drunk with water, multiply her fruits; when she springeth up she will rejoice in her showers.
Thou shalt bless the crown of the year of Thy goodness, and Thy plains shall be filled with fatness.
The mountains of the wilderness shall be enriched, and the hills shall be girded about with exultation.
The rams of the flock are clothed in fleece, and the valleys shall abound with corn; they shall cry aloud, yea, they shall sing hymns.

PSALM 65

Unto the end: a Psalm of a song of the Resurrection.

Shout with jubilation unto the Lord, all the earth.
Sing praises unto His name, give glory in His praise.
Say unto God, How terrible are Thy works! In the greatness of Thy power shall Thine enemies be found liars unto Thee.
Let all the earth worship Thee, and sing praises unto Thee; let them sing praises unto Thy name, O Thou Most High.
Come and see the works of God, how terrible He is in His counsels over the sons of men.
He turneth the sea into dry land; they shall go through the river on foot; there shall we be glad in Him, Which ruleth by His power for ever. His eyes behold the nations; let not them that embitter Him be exalted in themselves.
O bless our God, ye nations, and make the voice of His praise to be heard, Which holdeth my soul in life, and suffereth not my feet to be moved.
For Thou, O God, hast proved us, and hast tried us by fire, as silver is tried.
Thou broughtest us into the snare, Thou laidst afflictions upon our back.
Thou didst set men over our heads; we went through fire and water; but Thou broughtest us out into refreshment.
I will go into Thy house with an whole burnt offering; I will pay Thee my vows, which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.
I will offer unto Thee whole burnt offerings, full of marrow, with the incense of rams; I will offer unto Thee oxen with goats.
Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what He hath done for my soul.
I cried unto Him with my mouth, and extolled Him with my tongue.
If I have regarded unrighteousness in my heart, let not the Lord hear me.
Wherefore God hath heard me; He hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
Blessed be God, Which hath not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me.

PSALM 66

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

God be gracious unto us, and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, and have mercy upon us.
That we may know Thy way upon earth, Thy salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise Thee, O God; let all the peoples praise Thee.
O let the nations be glad and rejoice, for Thou shalt judge the peoples with uprightness, and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise Thee, O God, let all the peoples praise Thee; The earth hath yielded her increase. Let God, even our own God, bless us.
Let God bless us, and let all the ends of the earth fear 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.
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 67

Unto the end: a Psalm of a song of David.

Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered; let them also that hate Him flee from before His face.
As smoke vanisheth, so let them vanish away; as wax melteth before the fire, so let sinners perish at the presence of God.
But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; let them delight with gladness.
Sing unto God, sing praises to His name; prepare the way for Him that rideth upon the setting of the sun. The Lord is His name; yea, rejoice before Him.
Let them be troubled at the presence of Him that is a father of the fatherless, and a judge for the widows: even God in His holy place.

God settleth the solitary in a house; He bringeth out with might those which were imprisoned; yea, likewise them that embitter Him, that dwell in sepulchres.
O God, when Thou wentest forth before Thy people, when Thou didst pass through the wilderness, The earth shook, the heavens also dropped dew at the presence of the God of Sinai, at the presence of the God of Israel.
Thou, O God, shalt ordain a gracious rain for Thine inheritance; yea, it was weary, but Thou shalt restore it.
Thy creatures shall dwell therein; Thou, O God, hast provided of Thy goodness for the poor.
The Lord shall give the word to them that preach good tidings with great power.
The king of the hosts of his beloved shall divide the spoils for the beauty of the house.
Though ye sleep among the lots, yet shall ye have the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her pinions with yellow gold.
When He that is in heaven appointeth kings over her, they shall be white as snow in Salmon.
The mountain of God is a rich mountain, a curdled mountain, a rich mountain.
Wherefore do ye suppose that there be other curdled mountains? This is the mountain wherein God is well pleased to dwell; yea, the Lord will dwell in it for ever.
The chariots of God are ten thousands, yea, thousands of them abounding; the Lord is among them in Sinai, in His holy place.
Thou hast ascended on high, Thou hast led captivity captive; Thou hast received gifts among men, yea, though they were rebellious, that Thou mightest dwell therein.
Blessed be the Lord, blessed be the Lord day by day; the God of our salvation shall prosper us along the way.
Our God is the God of salvation, and of the Lord, the Lord, are the issues of death.
But God shall crush the heads of His enemies, the hairy crown of them that go on in their trespasses.
The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring My people again through the depths of the sea, That thy foot may be dipped in blood, and the tongue of thy dogs in that of thine enemies.
Thy goings have been seen, O God, the goings of my God, of my King in His sanctuary.

The princes went before, and after them the singers, in the midst of damsels playing with timbrels.
Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountains of Israel.
There is Benjamin the younger, in ecstasy; the princes of Judah their rulers; the princes of Zebulun; the princes of Naphtali.
Command Thy power, O God; strengthen, O God, that which Thou hast wrought in us.
Because of Thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto Thee.
Rebuke the wild beasts of the reeds, the congregation of bulls among the heifers of the peoples, lest they shut them out that have been tried like silver. Scatter Thou the peoples that delight in war.
Ambassadors shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall hasten to stretch out her hands unto God.
Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord, to Him that rideth upon the heaven of heavens toward the dayspring. Lo, He will give to His voice a voice of power.
Ascribe ye glory unto God; His magnificence is over Israel, and His strength is in the clouds.
God is wonderful in His saints; the God of Israel is He that will give power and strength unto His people. Blessed be 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 68

Unto the end: about the verses that are to be alternated. A Psalm of David.

Save me, O God, for the waters are come in unto my soul. I am stuck fast in the deep mire, and there is no sure standing. I am come into the deeps of the sea, and a tempest hath overwhelmed me.
I am weary of my crying, my throat is become hoarse, my eyes have failed from hoping in my God.
They that hate me without a cause are multiplied more than the hairs of my head; mine enemies are grown strong that persecute me unjustly; then I restored that which I took not away.
O God, Thou knowest my foolishness, and my trespasses are not hid from Thee.
Let not those that wait on Thee, O Lord, Thou Lord of hosts, be ashamed for my sake; nor let them that seek Thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.
Because for Thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.
I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s sons.
For the zeal of Thine house hath eaten me up, and the reproaches of them that reproach Thee are fallen upon me.
And I covered my soul with fasting, and that was made a reproach unto me.
I made sackcloth also my garment, and I became a byword unto them.
They that sit in the gate spake against me, and they that drink wine made me their song.
But as for me, with my prayer will I cry unto Thee, O Lord, at the time of Thy good pleasure. O God, in the multitude of Thy mercy hear me, in the truth of Thy salvation.
Save me from the mire, that I may not stick fast; let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
Let not the waterflood overwhelm me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
Hear me, O Lord, for Thy mercy is good; look upon me according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies.
Turn not Thy face away from Thy servant, for I am in trouble; hear me speedily.
Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it; deliver me because of mine enemies.
For Thou knowest my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour. All they that trouble me are before Thee.
My soul hath expected eproach and misery; and I looked for one that would grieve with me, but there was none; and for one that would comfort me, but found I none.

They gave me also gall for my meat, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
Let their table become a snare before them, for a recompense, and for a stumbling block.
Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not, and bow down their back continually.
Pour out Thy wrath upon them, and let Thy wrathful anger take hold of them.
Let their habitation be made desolate, and let none dwell in their tents.
For they persecuted him whom Thou hast smitten, and they have added to the pain of my wounds.
Add iniquity unto their iniquity, and let them not come into Thy righteousness.
Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.
I am poor and sorrowful; let Thy salvation, O God, be quick to help me.
I will praise the name of my God with a song; I will magnify Him with praise.
And this shall please God better than a young calf that hath horns and hoofs.
Let the needy see this, and be glad; seek ye God, and your soul shall live.
For the Lord hath heard the poor, and hath not despised His prisoners.
Let the heavens and the earth praise Him; the sea and every thing that creepeth therein.
For God will save Zion, and the cities of Judah shall be built up; and they shall dwell there, and inherit it.
The seed also of Thy servants shall possess it, and they that love Thy name shall dwell therein.

PSALM 69

Unto the end: of David, in remembrance, that the Lord saved him.

O God, attend to help me; make haste to help me, O Lord.
Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul; let them be turned backward and put to shame that wish me evils.

Let them forthwith be turned back ashamed that say unto me, Aha, aha.
Let all those that seek Thee, O God, rejoice and be glad in Thee; and let such as love Thy salvation say continually, Let the Lord be magnified.
But I am poor and needy; help me, O God. Thou art my help and my deliverer; O Lord, 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. O Lord, our Hope, glory to Thee.