The Grail, Psalms 80-150




Psalm 80(79) Qui regis Israel080


2 O shepherd of Israel, hear us,

you who lead Joseph’s flock,

shine forth from your cherubim throne

3 upon Ephraim, Benjamin, Manasseh.

O Lord, rouse up your might,

O Lord, come to our help.


4 God of hosts bring us back;

let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.


5 Lord God of hosts, how long

will you frown on your people’s plea?

6 You have fed them with tears for their bread,

and abundance of tears for their drink.

7 You have made us the taunt of our neighbors,

our enemies laugh us to scorn.


8 God of hosts, bring us back;

let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.


9 You brought a vine our of Egypt;

to plant it you drove out the nations.

10 Before it you cleared the ground;

it took root and spread through the land.


11 The mountains were covered with its shadow,

the cedars of God with its boughs.

12 It stretched out its branches to the sea,

to the Great River it stretched out its shoots.


13 Then why have you broken down its walls?

It is plucked by all who pass by.

14 It is ravaged by the boar of the forest,

devoured by the beasts of the field.


15 God of hosts, turn again, we implore,

look down from heaven and see.

/.16 Visit the vine and protect it,

the vine your right hand has planted.

17 They have burnt it with fire and destroyed it.

May they perish at the frown of your face.


18 May your hand be on the man you have chosen,

the man you have given your strength.

19 And we shall never forsake you again;

give us life that we may call upon your name.


20 God of hosts, bring us back;

let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.


Psalm 81(80) Exulate Deo081


2 Ring out your joy to God our strength,

shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.


3 Raise a song and sound the timbrel,

the sweet-sounding harp and the lute;

4 blow the trumpet at the new moon,

when the moon is full, on our feast.


5 For this is Israel’s law,

a command of the God of Jacob.

6 He imposed it as a rule on Joseph,

when he went out against the land of Egypt.


A voice I did not know said to me:

7 “I freed your shoulder from the burden;

your hands were freed from the load.

8 You called in distress and I saved you.


I answered, concealed in the storm cloud;

at the waters of Meribah I tested you.

9 Listen, my people, to my warning.

O Israel, if only you would heed!


10 Let there be on foreign god among you.

no worship of an alien god.

11 I am the Lord your God,

who brought you from the land of Egypt.

Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.


12 But my people did not heed my voice

and Israel would not obey,

13 so I left them in their stubbornness of heart

to follow their own designs.


14 O that my people would heed me,

that Israel would walk in my ways!

15 At once I would subdue their foes,

turn my hand against their enemies.


16 The Lord’s enemies would cringe at their feet

and their subjection would last for ever.

But Israel I would feed with finest wheat

and fill them with honey from the rock.”


Psalm 82(81) Deus stetit082


1 God stands in the divine assembly.

In the midst of the gods he gives judgment.


2 “How long will you judge unjustly

and favor the cause of the wicked?

3 Do justice for the weak and the orphan,

defend the afflicted and the needy.

4 Rescue the weak and the poor;

set them free from the hand of the wicked.


5 Unperceiving, they grope in the darkness

and the order of the world is shaken.

6 I have said to you: ‘You are gods

and all of you, sons of the Most High.’

7 And yet, you shall die like men,

you shall fall like any earthly princes.”


8 Arise, O God, judge the earth,

for you rule all the nations.


Psalm 83(82) Deus, quis similis?083


2 O God, do not keep silent,

do not be dumb and unmoved, O God,

3 for your enemies raise a tumult.

Those who hate you lift up their heads.


4 They plot against your people,

conspire against those you love.

5 They say: “Come, let us destroy them as a nation;

let the name of Israel be forgotten.”

6 They conspire with a single mind,

they make common alliance against you,


7 the camps of Edom and of Ishmael,

the camps of Moab and Hagar,

8 the land of Ammon and Amalek,

Philistia, with the people of Tyre.

9 Assyria, too, is their ally

and joins hands with the sons of Lot.


10 Treat them like Midian, like Sisera,

like Jabin at the River Kishon,

11 the men who were destroyed at Endor,

whose bodies rotted on the ground.


12 Make their captains like Oreb and Zeeb,

all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,

13 the men who said: “Let us take

the fields of God for ourselves.”

14 My God, scatter them like chaff,

drive them like straw in the wind!


15 As fire that burns away the forest,

as flame that sets the mountains ablaze,

16 drive them away with your tempest

and fill them with terror at your storm.

17 Cover their faces with shame,

till they seek your name, O Lord.


18 Shame and terror be theirs for ever;

let them be disgraced, let them perish!

19 Let them know that your name is the Lord,

the Most High over all the earth.


Psalm 84(83) Quam dilecta!084


2 How lovely is your dwelling place,

Lord, God of hosts.


3 My soul is longing and yearning,

is yearning for the courts of the Lord.

My heart and my soul ring out their joy

to God, the living God.


4 The sparrow herself finds a home

and the swallow a nest for her brood;

she lays her young by your altars,

Lord of hosts, my king and my God.


5 They are happy, who dwell in your house,

for ever singing your praise.

6 They are happy, whose strength is in you,

in whose hearts are the roads to Zion.


7 As they go through the Bitter Valley

they make it a place of springs

(the autumn rain covers it with blessings).

8 They walk with ever growing strength,

they will see the God of gods in Zion.


9 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer,

give ear, O God of Jacob.

10 Turn your eyes, O God, our shield,

look on the face of your anointed.


11 One day within your courts

is better than a thousand elsewhere.

The threshold of the house of God

I prefer to the dwellings of the wicked.


12 For the Lord God is a rampart, a shield;

he will give us his favor and glory.

The Lord will not refuse any good

to those who walk without blame.


13 Lord, God of hosts,

happy the man who trusts in you!


Psalm 85(84) Benedixisti, Domine085


2 O Lord, you once favored your land

and revived the fortunes of Jacob,

3 you forgave the guilt of your people

and covered all their sins.

4 You averted all your rage,

you calmed the heat of your anger.


5 Revive us now, God, our helper!

Put an end to your grievance against us.

6 Will you be angry with us for ever,

will your anger never cease?


7 Will you not restore again our life

that your people may rejoice in you?

8 Let us see, O Lord, your mercy

and give us your saving help.


* * *


9 I will hear what the Lord God has to say,

a voice that speaks of peace,

peace for his people and his friends

and those who turn to him in their hearts.

10 His help is near for those who fear him

and his glory will dwell in our land.


11 Mercy and faithfulness have met;

justice and peace have embraced.

12 Faithfulness shall spring from the earth

and justice look down from heaven.


13 The Lord will make us prosper

and our earth shall yield its fruit.

14 Justice shall march before him

and peace shall follow his steps.


Psalm 86(85) Inclina, Domine086


1 Turn your ear, O Lord, and give answer

for I am poor and needy.

2 Preserve my life, for I am faithful;

save the servant who trusts in you.


3 You are my God, have mercy on me, Lord,

for I cry to you all the day long.

4 Give joy to your servant, O Lord,

for to you I lift up my soul.


5 O Lord, you are good and forgiving,

full of love to all who call.

6 Give heed, O Lord, to my prayer

and attend to the sound of my voice.


7 In the day of distress I will call

and surely you will reply.

8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord;

nor work to compare with yours.


9 All the nations shall come to adore you

and glorify your name, O Lord:

10 for you are great and do marvelous deeds,

you who alone are God.


11 Show me, Lord, your way

so that I may walk in your truth.

Guide my heart to fear your name.


12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart

and glorify your name for ever;

13 for your love to me has been great:

you have saved me from the depths of the grave.


14 The proud have risen against me;

ruthless men seek my life;

to you they pay no heed.


15 But you, God of mercy and compassion,

slow to anger, O Lord,

abounding in love and truth,

16 turn and take pity on me.


O give your strength to your servant

and save your handmaid’s child.

17 Show me the sign of your favor

that my foes may see to their shame

that you console me and give me your help.


Psalm 87(86) Gundamenta ejus087


1 On the holy mountain is his city

cherished by the Lord.

2 The Lord prefers the gates of Zion

to all Jacob’s dwellings.

3 Of you are told glorious things,

O city of God!


4 Babylon and Egypt I will count

among those who know me;

Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia,

these will be her children

5 and Zion shall be called “Mother”

for all shall be her children.”


It is he, the Lord Most High,

who gives each his place.

6 In his register of peoples he writes:

“These are her children,”

7 and while they dance they will sing:

“In you all find their home.”


Psalm 88(87) Domine, Deus088


2 Lord my God, I call for help by day;

I cry at night before you.

3 Let my prayer come into your presence.

O turn your ear to my cry.


4 For my soul is filled with evils;

my life is on the brink of the grave.

5 I am reckoned as one in the tomb;

I have reached the end of my strength,


6 Like one alone among the dead,

like the slain lying in their graves,

like those you remember no more,

cut off, as they are, from your hand.


7 You have laid me in the depths of the tomb,

in places that are dark, in the depths.

8 Your anger weighs down upon me;

I am drowned beneath your waves.


9 You have taken away my friends

and made me hateful in their sight.

Imprisoned, I cannot escape;

10 my eyes are sunken with grief.


I call to you, Lord, all the day long;

to you I stretch out my hands.

11 Will you work your wonders for the dead?

Will the shades stand and praise you?


12 Will your love be told in the grave

or your faithfulness among the dead?

13 Will your wonders be known in the dark

or your justice in the land of oblivion?


14 As for me, Lord, I call to you for help;

in the morning my prayer comes before you.

15 Lord, why do you reject me?

Why do you hide your face?


16 Wretched, close to death from my youth,

I have borne your trials; I am numb.

17 Your fury has swept down upon me;

your terrors have utterly destroyed me.


18 They surround me all the day like a flood,

they assail me all together.

19 Friend and neighbor you have taken away:

my one companion is darkness.


Psalm 89(88) Misericordias Domini089


2 I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord;

through all ages my mouth will proclaim your truth.

3 Of this I am sure, that your love lasts for ever,

that your truth is firmly established as the heavens.


4 “With my chosen one I have made a covenant;

I have sworn to David my servant:

5 I will establish your dynasty for ever

and set up your throne through all ages.”


6 The heavens proclaim your wonders, O Lord;

the assembly of your holy ones proclaims your truth.

7 For who in the skies can compare with the Lord

or who is like the Lord among the sons of God?


8 A God to be feared in the council of the holy ones,

great and dreadful to all around him.

9 O Lord God of hosts, who is your equal?

You are mighty, O Lord, and truth is your garment.


10 It is you who rule the sea in its pride;

it is you who still the surging of its waves.

11 It is you who trod Rahab underfoot like a corpse,

scattering your foes with your mighty arm.


12 The heavens are yours, the world is yours.

It is you who founded the earth and all it holds;

13 it is you who created the North and the South.

Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at your name.


14 Yours is a mighty arm, O Lord;

your hand is strong, your right hand ready.

15 Justice and right are the pillars of your throne,

love and truth walk in your presence.


16 Happy the people who acclaim such a king,

who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,

17 who find their joy every day in your name,

who make your justice the source of their bliss.


18 For you, O Lord, are the glory of their strength;

by your favor it is that our might is exalted;

19 for our ruler is in the keeping of the Lord;

our king in the keeping of the Holy One of Israel.


* * *


20 Of old you spoke in a vision.

To your friends the prophets you said:

“I have set the crown on a warrior,

I have exalted one chosen from the people.


21 I have found David my servant

and with my holy oil anointed him.

22 My hand shall always be with him

and my arm shall make him strong.


23 The enemy shall never outwit him

nor the evil ones oppress him.

24 I will beat down his foes before him

and smite those who hate him.


25 My truth and my love shall be with him;

by my name his might shall be exalted.

26 I will stretch out his hand to the Sea

and his right hand as far as the River.


27 He will say to me: ‘You are my father,

my God, the rock who saves me.’

28 And I will make him my first-born,

the highest of the kings of the earth.


29 I will keep my love for him always;

with him my covenant shall last.

30 I will establish his dynasty for ever,

make his throne endure as the heavens.


31 If his sons forsake my law

and refuse to walk as I decree

32 and if ever they violate my statutes,

refusing to keep my commands;


33 then I will punish their offenses with the rod,

then I will scourge them on account of their guilt.

34 But I will never take back my love,

my truth will never fail.


35 I will never violate my covenant

nor go back on the word I have spoken.

36 Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness.

‘I will never lie to David.

37 His dynasty shall last for ever.

In my sight his throne is like the sun;

38 like the moon, it shall endure for ever,

a faithful witness in the skies.’ “


* * *


39 And yet you have spurned, rejected,

you are angry with the one you have anointed.

40 You have broken your covenant with your servant

and dishonored his crown in the dust.


41 You have broken down all his walls

and reduced his fortresses to ruins.

42 He is despoiled by all who pass by;

he has become the taunt of his neighbors.


43 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;

you have made all his enemies rejoice.

44 You have made his sword give way,

you have not upheld him in battle.


45 You have brought his glory to an end;

you have hurled his throne to the ground.

46 You have cut short the years of his youth;

you have heaped disgrace upon him.


47 How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself for ever?


How long will your anger burn like a fire?

48 Remember, Lord, the shortness of my life

and how frail you have made the sons of men.

49 What man can live and never see death?

Who can save himself from the grasp of the grave?


50 Where are the mercies of the past, O Lord,

which you have sworn in your faithfulness to David?

51 Remember, Lord, how your servant is taunted,

how I have to bear all the insults of the peoples.

52 Thus your enemies taunt me, O Lord,

mocking your anointed at every step.


- - -


53 Blessed be the Lord for ever.

Amen, amen!



Psalm 90(89) Domine, refugium090


1 O Lord, you have been our refuge

from one generation to the next.

2 Before the mountains were born

or the earth or the world brought forth,

you are God, without beginning or end.


3 You turn men back to dust

and say: “Go back, sons of men.”

4 To your eyes a thousand years

are like yesterday, come and gone,

no more than a watch in the night.


5 You sweep men away like a dream,

like the grass which springs up in the morning.

6 In the morning it springs up and flowers:

by evening it withers and fades.


7 So we are destroyed in your anger,

struck with terror in your fury.

8 Our guilt lies open before you;

our secrets in the light of your face.


9 All our days pass away in your anger.

Our life is over like a sigh.

10 Our span is seventy years,

or eighty for those who are strong.


And most of these are emptiness and pain.

They pass swiftly and we are gone.

11 Who understands the power of your anger

and fears the strength of your fury?


12 Make us know the shortness of our life

that we may gain wisdom of heart.

13 Lord, relent! Is your anger for ever?

Show pity to your servants.


14 In the morning, fill us with your love;

we shall exult and rejoice all our days.

15 Give us joy to balance our affliction

for the years when we knew misfortune.


16 Show forth your work to your servants;

let your glory shine on their children.

17 Let the favor of the Lord be upon us:

give success to the work of our hands.

(give success to the work of our hands).


Psalm 91(90) Qui habitat091


1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

and abides in the shade of the Almighty

2 says to the Lord: “My refuge,

my stronghold, my God in whom I trust!”


3 It is he who will free you from the snare

of the fowler who seeks to destroy you;

4 he will conceal you with his pinions

and under his wings you will find refuge.


5 You will not fear the terror of the night

nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the plague that prowls in the darkness

nor the scourge that lays waste at noon.


7 A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand fall at your right,

you, it will never approach;

4c his faithfulness is buckler and shield.


8 Your eyes have only to look

to see how the wicked are repaid,

9 you who have said: “Lord, my refuge!”

and have made the Most High your dwelling.


10 Upon you no evil shall fall,

no plague approach where you dwell.

11 For you has he commanded his angels,

to keep you in all your ways.


12 They shall bear you upon their hands

lest you strike your foot against a stone.

13 On the lion and the viper you will tread

and trample the young lion and the dragon.


14 Since he clings to me in love, I will free him;

protect you for he knows my name.

15 When he calls I shall answer: “I am with you,”

I will save him in distress and give him glory.


16 With length of days I will content him;

I shall let you see my saving power.


Psalm 92(91) Bonum est confiteri092


2 It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

to make music to your name, O Most High,

3 to proclaim your love in the morning

and your truth in the watches of the night,

4 on the ten-stringed lyre and the lute,

with the murmuring sound of the harp.


5 Your deeds, O Lord, have made me glad;

for the work of your hands I shout with joy.

6 O Lord, how great are your works!

How deep are your designs!

7 The foolish man cannot know this

and the fool cannot understand.


8 Though the wicked spring up like grass

and all who do evil thrive,

they are doomed to be eternally destroyed.

9 But you, Lord, are eternally on high.

10 See how your enemies perish;

all doers of evil are scattered.


11 To me you give the wild ox’s strength;

you anoint me with the purest oil.

12 My eyes looked in triumph on my foes;

my ears heard gladly of their fall.

13 The just will flourish like the palm tree

and grow like a Lebanon cedar.


14 Planted in the house of the Lord

they will flourish in the courts of our God,

15 still bearing fruit when they are old,

still full of sap, still green,

16 to proclaim that the Lord is just.

In him, my rock, there is no wrong.


Psalm 93(92) Dominus regnavit093


1 The Lord is king, with majesty enrobed;

the Lord has robed himself with might,

he has girded himself with power.


The world you made firm, not to be moved;

2 your throne has stood firm from of old.

From all eternity, O Lord, you are.


3 The waters have lifted up, O Lord,

the waters have lifted up their voice,

the waters have lifted up their thunder.


4 Greater than the roar of mighty waters

more glorious than the surgings of the sea,

the Lord is glorious on high.


5 Truly your decrees are to be trusted.

Holiness is fitting to your house,

O Lord, until the end of time.


Psalm 94(93) Deus ultionum094


1 O Lord, avenging God,

avenging God, appear!

2 Judge of the earth, arise,

give the proud what they deserve!


3 How long, O Lord, shall the wicked,

how long shall the wicked triumph?

4 They bluster with arrogant speech;

the evil-doers boast to each other.


5 They crush your people, Lord,

they afflict the ones you have chosen

6 They kill the widow and the stranger

and murder the fatherless child.


7 And they say: “The Lord does not see;

the God of Jacob pays no heed.”

8 Mark this, most senseless of people;

fools, when will you understand?


9 Can he who made the ear, not hear?

Can he who formed the eye, not see?

10 Will he who trains nations not punish?

Will he who instructs us not have knowledge?

11 (The Lord knows the thoughts of men.

He knows they are no more than a breath.)


12 Happy the man whom you teach, O Lord,

whom you train by means of your law;

13 to him you give peace in evil days

while the pit is being dug for the wicked.


14 The Lord will not abandon his people

nor forsake those who are his own;

15 for judgment shall again be just

and all true hearts shall uphold it.


16 Who will stand up for me against the wicked?

Who will defend me from those who do evil?

17 If the Lord were not to help me,

I would soon go down into the silence.


18 When I think: “I have lost my foothold”;

your mercy, Lord, holds me up.

19 When cares increase in my heart

your consolation calms my soul.


20 Can judges who do evil be your friends?

They do injustice under cover of law;

21 they attack the life of the just

and condemn innocent blood.


22 As for me, the Lord will be a stronghold;

my God will be the rock where I take refuge.

23 He will repay them for their evil wickedness,

destroy them for their evil deeds.

The Lord, our God, will destroy them.


Psalm 95(94) Venite, exultemus095


1 Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;

hail the rock who saves us.

2 Let us come before him, giving thanks,

with songs let us hail the Lord.


3 A mighty God is the Lord,

a great king above all gods.

4 In his hands are the depths of the earth;

the heights of the mountains are his.

5 To him belongs the sea, for he made it

and the dry land shaped by his hands.


6 Come in; let us bow and bend low;

let us kneel before the God who made us

7 for he is our God and we

the people who belong to his pasture,

the flock that is led by his hand.


O that today you would listen to his voice!

8 “Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,

as on that day at Massah in the desert

9 when your fathers put me to the test;

when they tried me, though they saw my work.


10 For forty years I was wearied of these people

and I said: ‘Their hearts are astray,

these people do not know my ways.

11 Then I took an oath in my anger:

‘Never shall they enter my rest.’“


Psalm 96(95) Cantate Domino096


1 O sing a new song to the Lord,

sing to the Lord all the earth.

2 O sing to the Lord, bless his name.


Proclaim his help day by day,

3 tell among the nations his glory

and his wonders among all the peoples.


4 The Lord is great and worthy of praise,

to be feared above all gods;

5 the gods of the heathens are naught.


It was the Lord who made the heavens,

6 his are majesty and state and power

and splendor in his holy place.


7 Give the Lord, you families of peoples,

give the Lord glory and power;

8 give the Lord the glory of his name.


Bring an offering and enter his courts,

9 worship the Lord in his temple.

O earth, tremble before him.


10 Proclaim to the nations: “God is king.”

The world he made firm in its place;

he will judge the people in fairness.


11 Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad,

let the sea and all within it thunder praise,

12 let the land and all it bears rejoice,

all the trees of the wood shout for joy


13 at the presence of the Lord for he comes,

he comes to rule the earth.

With justice he will rule the world,

he will judge the peoples with his truth.


Psalm 97(96) Dominus regnavit097


1 The Lord is king, let earth rejoice,

let all the coastlands be glad.

2 Cloud and darkness are his raiment;

his throne, justice and right.


3 A fire prepares his path;

it burns up his foes on every side.

4 His lightnings light up the world,

the earth trembles at the sight.


5 The mountains melt like wax

before the Lord of all the earth.

6 The skies proclaim his justice;

all peoples see his glory.


7 Let those who serve idols be ashamed,

those who boast of their worthless gods.

All you spirits, worship him.


8 Zion hears and is glad;

the people of Judah rejoice

because of your judgments, O Lord.


9 For you indeed are the Lord

most high above all the earth,

exalted far above all spirits.


10 The Lord loves those who hate evil;

he guards the souls of his saints;

he sets them free from the wicked.


11 Light shines forth for the just

and joy for the upright of heart.

12 Rejoice, you just, in the Lord;

give glory to his holy name.


Psalm 98(97) Cantate Domino098


1 Sing a new song to the Lord

for he has worked wonders.

His right and hand his holy arm

have brought salvation.


2 The Lord has made know his salvation;

has shown his justice to the nations.

3 He has remembered his truth and love

for the house of Israel.


All the ends of the earth have seen

the salvation of our God.

4 Shout to the Lord, all the earth,

ring out your joy.


5 Sing psalms to the Lord with the har

with the sound of music.

6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn

acclaim the King, the Lord.


* * *


7 Let the sea and all within it, thunder;

the world, and all its peoples.

8 Let the rivers clap their hands

and the hills ring out their joy


9 at the presence of the Lord: for he comes,

he comes to rule the earth.

He will rule the world with justice

and the peoples with fairness.


Psalm 99(98) Dominus regnavit099


1 The Lord is king; the peoples tremble.

He is throned on the cherubim; the earth quakes.

2 The Lord is great in Zion.


He is supreme over all the peoples.

3 Let them praise his name, so terrible and great,

/4 he is holy, full of power.


You are a king who loves what is right;

you have established equity, justice and right;

you have established them in Jacob.


5 Exalt the Lord our God;

bow down before Zion, his footstool.

He the Lord is holy.


6 Among his priests were Aaron and Moses,

among those who invoked his name was Samuel.

They invoked the Lord and he answered.


7 To them he spoke in the pillar of cloud.

They did his will; they kept the law,

which he, the Lord, had given.


8 O Lord our God, you answered them.

For them you were a God who forgives;

yet you punished their offenses.


9 Exalt the Lord our God;

bow down before his holy mountain

for the Lord our God is holy.


Psalm 100(99) Jubilate Deo100


1 Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.

2 Serve the Lord with gladness.

Come before him, singing for joy.


3 Know that he, the Lord, is God.

He made us, we belong to him,

we are his people, the sheep of his flock.


4 Go within his gates, giving thanks.

Enter his courts with songs of praise.

Give thanks to him and bless his name.


5 Indeed, how good is the Lord,

eternal his merciful love.

He is faithful from age to age.


Psalm 101(100) Misericordiam et judicium101


1 My song is of mercy and justice;

I sing to you, O Lord.

2 I will walk in the way of perfection.

O when, Lord, will you come?


I will walk with blameless heart

within my house;

3 I will not set before my eyes

whatever is base.


I will hate the ways of the crooked;

they shall not be my friends.

4 The false-hearted must keep far away;

the wicked I disown.


5 The man who slanders his neighbor in secret

I will bring to silence.

The man of proud looks and haughty heart

I will never endure.


6 I look to the faithful in the land

that they may dwell with me.

He who walk in the way of perfection

shall be my friend.


7 No man who practices deceit

shall live within my house.

No man who utters lies shall stand

before my eyes.


8 Morning by morning I will silence

all the wicked in the land,

uprooting from the city of the Lord

all who do evil.


Psalm 102(101) Domine, exaudi102


2 O Lord, listen to my prayer

and let my cry for help reach you.

3 Do not hide your face from me

in the day of my distress.

Turn your ear towards me

and answer me quickly when I call.


4 For my days are vanishing like smoke,

my bones burn away like a fire.

5 My heart is withered like the grass.

I forget to eat my bread.

6 I cry with all my strength

and my skin clings to my bones.


7 I have become like a pelican in the wilderness

like an owl in desolate places.

8 I lie awake and I moan

like some lonely bird on a roof.

9 All day long my foes revile me;

those who hate me use my name as a curse.


10 The bread I eat is ashes;

my drink is mingled with tears.

11 In your anger, Lord, and your fury

you have lifted me up and thrown me down.

12 My days are like a passing shadow

and I wither away like the grass.


* * *


13 But you, O Lord, will endure for ever

and your name from age to age.

14 You will arise and have mercy on Zion:

for this is the time to have mercy,

(yes, the time appointed has come)

15 for your servants love her very stones,

are moved with pity even for her dust.


16 The nations shall fear the name of the Lord

and all the earth’s kings your glory,

17 when the Lord shall build up Zion again

and appear in all his glory.

18 Then he will turn to the prayers of the helpless;

he will not despise their prayers.


19 Let this be written for ages to come

that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord;

20 for the Lord leaned down from his sanctuary on high.

He looked down from heaven to the earth

21 that he might hear the groans of the prisoners

and free those condemned to die.


29 The sons of your servants shall dwell untroubled

and their race shall endure before you

22 that the name of the Lord may be proclaimed in Zion

and his praise in the heart of Jerusalem,

23 when peoples and kingdoms are gathered together

to pay their homage to the Lord.


* * *


24 He has broken my strength in mid-course;

he has shortened the days of my life.

25 I say to God: “Do not take me away

before my day are complete,

you, whose days last from age to age.


26 Long ago you founded the earth

and the heavens are the work of your hands.

27 They will perish but you will remain.

They will are wear out like a garment.

You will change them like clothes that are changed.

28 But you neither change, nor have an end.”


Psalm 103(102) Benedic, anima mea103


1 My soul, give thanks to the Lord

all my being, bless his holy name.

2 My soul, give thanks to the Lord

and never forget all his blessings.


3 It is he who forgives all your guilt,

who heals every one of your ills,

4 who redeems your life from the grave,

who crowns you with love and compassion,

5 who fills your life with good things,

renewing your youth like an eagle’s.


6 The Lord does deeds of justice,

gives judgment for all who are oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses

and his deeds to Israel’s sons.


8 The Lord is compassion and love,

slow to anger and rich in mercy.

9 His wrath will come to an end;

he will not be angry for ever.

10 He does not treat us according to our sins

nor repay us according to our faults.


11 For as the heavens are high above the earth

so strong is his love for those who fear him.

12 As far as the east is from the west

so far does he remove our sins.


13 As a father has compassion on his sons,

the Lord has pity on those who fear him;

14 for he knows of what we are made,

he remembers that we are dust.


15 As for man, his days are like grass;

he flowers like the flower of the field;

16 the wind blows and he is gone

and his place never sees him again.


17 But the love of the Lord is everlasting

upon those who hold him in fear;

his justice reaches out to children’s children

18 when they keep his covenant in truth,

when they keep his will in their mind.


19 The Lord has set his sway in heaven

and his kingdom is ruling over all.

20 Give thanks to the Lord, all his angels,

mighty in power, fulfilling his word,

who heed the voice of his word.


21 Give thanks to the Lord, all his hosts,

his servants who do his will.

22 Give thanks to the Lord, all his works,

in every place where he rules.

My soul, give thanks to the Lord!


Psalm 104(103) Benedic, anima mea104


1 Bless the Lord, my soul!

Lord God, how great you are,

clothed in majesty and glory,

2 wrapped in light as in a robe!


* * *


You stretch out the heavens like a tent.

3 Above the rains you build your dwelling.

You make the clouds your chariot,

you walk on the wings of the wind,

4 you make the winds your messengers

and flashing fire your servants.


5 You founded the earth on its base,

to stand firm from age to age.

6 You wrapped it with the ocean like a cloak:

the waters stood higher than the mountains.


7 At your threat they took to flight;

at the voice of your thunder they fled.

8 They rose over the mountains and flowed down

to the place which you had appointed.

9 You set limits they might not pass

lest they return to cover the earth.


10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys;

they flow in between the hills.

11 They give drink to all the beasts of the field;

the wild asses quench their thirst.

12 On their banks dwell the birds of heaven;

from the branches they sing their song.


13 From your dwelling you water the hills;

earth drinks its fill of your gift.

14 You make the grass grow for the cattle

and the plants to serve man’s our needs,


that he may bring forth bread from the earth

15 and wine to cheer man’s heart;

oil, to make his face shine

and bread to strengthen man’s heart.


16 The trees of the Lord drink their fill,

the cedars he planted on Lebanon;

17 there the birds build their nests;

on the treetop the stork has her home.

18 The goats find a home on the mountains

and rabbits hide in the rocks.


19 You made the moon to mark the months;

the sun knows the time for its setting.

20 When you spread the darkness it is night

and all the beasts of the forest creep forth.

21 The young lions roar for their prey

and ask their food from God.


22 At the rising of the sun they steal away

and go to rest in their dens.

23 Man goes out to his work,

to labor till evening falls.


24 How many are your works, O Lord!

In wisdom you have made them all.

The earth is full of your riches.


25 There is the sea, vast and wide,

with its moving swarms past counting,

living things great and small.

26 The ships are moving there

and the monsters you made to play with.


27 All of these look to you

to give them their food in due season.

28 You give it, they gather it up:

you open your hand, they have their fill.


29 You hide your face, they are dismayed;

you take back your spirit, they die,

returning to the dust from which they came.

30 You send forth your spirit, they are created;

and you renew the face of the earth.


31 May the glory of the Lord last for ever!

May the Lord rejoice in his works!

32 He looks on the earth and it trembles;

the mountains send forth smoke at his touch.


33 I will sing to the Lord all my life,

make music to my God while I live.

34 May my thoughts be pleasing to him.

I find my joy in the Lord.

35 Let sinners vanish from the earth

and the wicked exist no more.


Bless the Lord, my soul.


Psalm 105(104) Confitemini Domino105




1 Give thanks to the Lord, tell his name,

make known his deeds among the peoples.


2 O sing to him, sing his praise;

tell all his wonderful works!

3 Be proud of his holy name,

let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice.


4 Consider the Lord and his strength;

constantly seek his face.

5 Remember the wonders he has done,

his miracles, the judgments he spoke.


6 O children of Abraham, his servant,

O sons of the Jacob he chose,

7 he, the Lord, is our God;

his judgments prevail in all the earth.


8 He remembers his covenant for ever,

his promise for a thousand generations,

9 the covenant he made with Abraham,

the oath he swore to Isaac.


10 He confirmed it for Jacob as a law,

for Israel as a covenant for ever.

11 He said: “I am giving you a land,

Canaan, your appointed heritage.”


12 When they were few in number,

a handful of strangers in the land,

13 when they wandered from country to country,

from one kingdom and nation to another,


14 he allowed no one to oppress them;

he admonished kings on their account:

15 ‘Do not touch those I have anointed;

do no harm to any of my prophets.”


16 But he called down a famine on the land;

he broke the staff that supported them.

17 He had sent a man before them,

Joseph, sold as a slave.


18 His feet were put in chains,

his neck was bound with iron,

19 until what he said came to pass

and the word of the Lord proved him true.


20 Then the king sent and released him

the ruler of the people set him free,

21 making him master of his house

and ruler of all he possessed,


22 to instruct his princes as he pleased

and to teach his elders wisdom.

23 So Israel came into Egypt;

Jacob lived in the country of Ham.


24 He gave his people increase;

he made them stronger than their foes,

25 whose hearts he turned to hate his people

and to deal deceitfully with his servants.


26 Then he sent Moses his servant

and Aaron the man he had chosen.

27 Through them he showed his marvels

and his wonders in the country of Ham.


28 He sent darkness, and dark was made

but Egypt resisted his words.

29 He turned the waters into blood

and caused their fish to die.


30 Their land was alive with frogs,

even to the halls of their kings.

31 He spoke; the dog-fly came

and gnats covered the land.


32 He sent hailstones in place of the rain

and flashing fire in their land.

33 He struck their vines and fig trees;

he shattered the trees through their land.


34 He spoke; the locusts came,

young locusts, too many to be counted.

35 They ate up every land in the land;

they ate up all the fruit of their fields.


36 He struck all the first-born in their land,

the finest flower of their sons.

37 He led out Israel with silver and gold.

In his tribes were none who fell behind.


38 Egypt rejoiced when they left

for dread had fallen upon them.

39 He spread a cloud as a screen

and fire to give light in the darkness.


40 When they asked for food he sent quails;

he filled them with bread from heaven.

41 He pierced the rock to give them water;

it gushed forth in the desert like a river.


42 For he remembered his holy word,

which he gave to Abraham his servant.

43 So he brought out his people with joy,

his chosen ones with shouts of rejoicing.


44 And he gave them the land of the nations.

They took the fruit of other men’s toil,

45 that thus they might keep his precepts,

that thus they might observe his laws.




Psalm 106(105) Confitemini Domino106




O give thanks to the Lord for he is good;

for his love endures for ever.

2 Who can tell the Lord’s mighty deeds?

Who can recount all his praise?


3 They are happy who do what is right,

who at all times do what is just.

4 O Lord, remember me

out of the love you have for your people.


Come to me, Lord, with your hel

5 that I may see the joy of your chosen ones

and may rejoice in the gladness of your nation

and share the glory of your people.


6 Our sin is the sin of our fathers;

we have done wrong, our deeds have been evil.

7 Our fathers when they were in Egypt

paid no need to your wonderful deeds.


They forgot the greatness of your love,

at the Red Sea defied the Most High.

8 Yet he saved them for the sake of his name,

in order to make known his power.


9 He threatened the Red Sea; it dried up

and he led them through the deep as through the desert.

10 He saved them from the hand of the foe;

he saved them from the grip of the enemy.


11 The waters covered their oppressors;

not one of them was left alive.

12 Then they believed in his words:

then they sang his praises.


13 But they soon forgot his deeds

and would not wait upon his will.

14 They yielded to their cravings in the desert

and put God to the test in the wilderness.


15 He granted them the favor they asked

and sent disease among them.

16 Then they rebelled, envious of Moses and

of Aaron, who was holy to the Lord.


17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan

and buried the clan of Abiram.

18 Fire blazed up against their clan

and flames devoured the rebels.


19 They fashioned a calf at Horeb

and worshipped an image of metal,

20 exchanging the God who was their glory

for the image of a bull that eats grass.


21 They forgot the God who was their savior,

who had done such great things in Egypt,

22 such portents in the land of Ham,

such marvels at the Red Sea.


23 For this he said he would destroy them,

but Moses, the man he had chosen,

stood in the breach before him,

to turn back his anger from destruction.


24 Then they scorned the land of promise;

they had no faith in his word.

25 They complained inside their tents

and would not listen to the voice of the Lord.


26 So he raised his hand to swear an oath

that he would lay them low in the desert;

27 would scatter their sons among the nations

and disperse them throughout the lands.


28 They bowed before the Baal of Peor;

ate offerings made to lifeless gods.

29 They roused him to anger with their deeds

and plague broke out among them.


30 Then Phinehas stood up and intervened.

Thus the plague was ended

31 and this was counted in his favor

from age to age for ever.


32 They provoked him at the waters of Meribah.

Through their fault it went ill with Moses;

33 for they made his heart grow bitter

and he uttered words that were rash.


34 They failed to destroy the peoples

as the Lord had given command,

35 but instead they mingled with the nations

and learned to act as they did.


36 They worshipped the idols of the nations

and these became a snare to entrap them.

37 They even offered their own sons

and their daughters in sacrifice to demons.


38 They shed the blood of the innocent,

the blood of their sons and daughters

whom they offered to the idols of Canaan.

The land was polluted with blood.


39 So they defiled themselves by their deeds

and broke their marriage bond with the Lord

40 till his anger blazed against his people;

he was filled with horror at his chosen ones.


41 So he gave them into the hand of the nations

and their foes became their rulers.

42 Their enemies became their oppressors;

they were subdued beneath their hand.


43 Time after time God rescued them,

but in their malice they dared to defy him

and sank low through their guilt.

44 In spite of this he paid heed to their distress,

so often as he heard their cry.


45 For their sake he remembered his covenant.

In the greatness of his love he relented

46 and he let them be treated with mercy

by all who held them captive.


47 O Lord, our God, save us!

Bring us together from among the nations

that we may thank your holy name

and make it our glory to praise you.


- - -


48 Blessed be the Lord, God of Israel,

for ever, from age to age.

Let all the people cry out:

“Amen! Amen! ALLELUIA!”


Psalm 107(106) Confitemini Domino107


1 “O give thanks to the Lord for he is good;

for his love endures for ever.”


2 Let them say this, the Lord’s redeemed,

whom he redeemed from the hand of the foe

3 and gathered from far-off lands,

from east and west, north and south.


* * *


4 Some wandered in the desert, in the wilderness,

finding no way to a city they could dwell in.

5 Hungry they were and thirsty;

their soul was fainting within them.


6 Then they cried to the Lord in their need

and he rescued them from their distress

7 and he led them along the right way,

to reach a city they could dwell in.


8 Let them thank the Lord for his love,

for the wonders he does for men:

9 for he satisfies the thirsty soul;

he fills the hungry with good things.


* * *


10 Some lay in darkness and in gloom,

prisoners in misery and chains,

11 having defied the words of God

and spurned the counsels of the Most High.

12 He crushed their spirit with toil;

they stumbled; there was no one to help.


13 Then they cried to the Lord in their need

and he rescued them from their distress.

14 He led them forth from darkness and gloom

and broke their chains to pieces.


15 Let them thank the Lord for his goodness,

for the wonders he does for men:

16 for he bursts the gates of bronze

and shatters the iron bars.


* * *


17 Some were sick on account of their sins

and afflicted on account of their guilt.

18 They had a loathing for every food;

they came close to the gates of death.


19 Then they cried to the Lord in their need

and he rescued them from their distress.

20 He sent forth his word to heal them

and saved their life from the grave.


21 Let them thank the Lord for his love,

for the wonders he does for men.

22 Let them offer a sacrifice of thanks

and tell of his deeds with rejoicing.


* * *


23 Some sailed to the sea in ships

to trade on the mighty waters.

24 These men have seen the Lord’s deeds,

the wonders he does in the deep.


25 For he spoke; he summoned the gale,

tossing the waves of the sea

26 up to heaven and back into the deep;

their souls melted away in their distress.


27 They staggered, reeled like drunken men,

for all their skill was gone.

28 Then they cried to the Lord in their need

and he rescued them from their distress.


29 He stilled the storm to a whisper:

all the waves of the sea were hushed.

30 They rejoiced because of the calm

and he led them to the haven they desired.


31 Let them thank the Lord for his love,

for the wonders he does for men.

32 Let them exalt him in the gathering of the people

and praise him in the meeting of the elders.


* * *


33 He changes streams into a desert,

springs of water into thirsty ground,

34 fruitful land into a salty waste,

for the wickedness of those who live there.


35 But he changes desert into streams,

thirsty ground into springs of water.

36 There he settles the hungry

and they build a city to dwell in.


37 They sow fields and plant their vines;

these yield crops for the harvest.

38 He blesses them; they grow in numbers.

He does not let their herds decrease.


* * *


40 He pours contempt upon princes,

makes them wander in trackless wastes.

39 They diminish, are reduced to nothing

by oppression, evil and sorrow.


41 But he raises the needy from distress;

makes families numerous as a flock.

42 The upright see it and rejoice

but all who do wrong are silenced.


43 Whoever is wise, let him heed these things.

And consider the love of the Lord.


Psalm 108(107) Paratum cor meum108


2 My heart is ready, O God;

I will sing, sing your praise.

Awake, my soul;

3 awake, lyre and harp,

I will awake the dawn.


4 I will thank you, Lord, among the peoples,

among the nations I will praise you,

5 for your love reaches to the heavens

and your truth to the skies.

6 O God, arise above the heavens;

may your glory shine on earth!


7 O come and deliver your friends;

help with your right hand and reply.

8 From his holy place God has made this promise;

“I will triumph and divide the land of Shechem,

I will measure out the valley of Succoth.


9 Gilead is mine and Manasseh,

Ephraim I take for my helmet,

Judah for my commander’s staff.

10 Moab I will use for my washbowl,

on Edom I will plant my shoe.

Over the Philistines I will shout in triumph.”


11 But who will lead me to conquer the fortress?

Who will bring me face to face with Edom?

12 Will you utterly reject us, O God,

and no longer march with our armies?


13 Give us help against the foe,

for the help of man is vain.

14 With God we shall do bravely

and he will trample down our foes.


Psalm 109(108) Deus, laudem109


1 O God whom I praise, do not be silent,

2 for the mouths of deceit and wickedness

are opened against me.


3 They speak to me with lying tongues;

they beset me with words of hate

and attack me without cause.


4 In return for my love they accuse me

while I pray for them.

5 They repay me evil for good,

hatred for love.


* * *


6 Appoint a wicked man as his judge;

let an accuser stand at his right.

7 When he is judged let him come out condemned;

let his prayer be considered as sin.


8 Let the days of his life be few;

let another man take his office.

9 Let his children be fatherless orphans

and his wife become a widow.


10 Let his children be wanderers and beggars

driven from the ruins of their home.

11 Let the creditor seize all his goods;

let strangers take the fruit of his work.


12 Let no one show him any mercy

nor pity his fatherless children.

13 Let all his sons be destroyed

and with them their names be blotted out.


14 Let his father’s guilt be remembered,

his mother’s be retained.

15 Let it always stand before the Lord,

that their memory be cut off from the earth.


16 For he did not think of showing mercy

but pursed the poor and the needy,

17 hounding the wretched to death.

He loved cursing; let curses fall upon him.

He scorned blessing; let blessing pass him by.


18 He put on cursing like his coat;

let it sink into his body like water;

let it sink like oil into his bones;

19 let it be like the clothes that cover him,

like a girdle he cannot take off!


* * *


20 Let the Lord thus repay my accusers,

all those who speak evil against me.

21 For your name’s sake act in my defense;

in the goodness of your love be my rescuer.


22 For I am poor and needy

and my heart is pierced within me.

23 I fade like an evening shadow;

I am shaken off like a locust.


24 My knees are weak from fasting;

my body is thin and gaunt.

25 I have become an object of scorn,

all who see me toss their heads.


26 Help me, Lord my God;

save me because of your love.

27 Let them know that is your work,

That this is your doing, O Lord.


28 They may curse but you will bless.

Let my attackers be put to shame,

but let your servant rejoice.

29 Let my accusers be clothed with dishonor,

covered with shame as with a cloak.


30 Loud thanks to the Lord are on my lips.

I will praise him in the midst of the throng,

31 for he stands at the poor man’s side

to save him from those who condemn him.


Psalm 110(109) Dixit Dominus110


1 The Lord’s revelation to my Master:

“Sit on my right:

your foes I will put beneath your feet.”


2 The Lord will yield from Zion

your scepter of power:

rule in the midst of all your foes.


3 A prince from the day of your birth

on the holy mountains;

from the womb before the dawn I begot you.


4 The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change.

“You are a priest for ever,

a priest like Melchizedek of old.”


* * *


5 The Master standing at your right hand

will shatter kings in the day of his wrath.


6 He, the judge of the nations

will heap high the bodies;

heads shall be scattered far and wide.


7 He shall drink from the stream by the wayside

and therefore he shall lift up his head.


Psalm 111(110) Confitebor tibi111




I will thank the Lord with all my heart

in the meeting of the just and their assembly.

2 Great are the works of the Lord,

to be pondered by all who love them.


3 Majestic and glorious his work,

his justice stands firm for ever.

4 He makes us remember his wonders.

The Lord is compassion and love.


5 He gives food to those who fear him;

keeps his covenant ever in mind.

6 He has shown his might to his people

by giving them the lands of the nations.


7 His works are justice and truth,

his precepts are all of them sure,

8 standing firm for ever and ever;

they are made in uprightness and truth.


9 He has sent deliverance to his people

and established his covenant for ever.

Holy his name, to be feared.


10 To fear the Lord is the first stage of wisdom;

all who do so prove themselves wise.

His praise shall last for ever!


Psalm 112(111) Beatus vir112




Happy the man who fears the Lord,

who take delight in all his commands.

2 His sons shall be powerful on earth;

the children of the upright are blessed.


3 Riches and wealth are in his house;

his justice stands firm for ever.

4 He is a light in the darkness for the upright:

he is generous, merciful and just.


5 The good man takes pity and lends,

he conducts his affairs with honor.

6 The just man will never waver:

he will be remembered for ever.


7 He has no fear of evil news;

with a firm heart he trusts in the Lord.

8 With a steadfast heart he will not fear;

he will see the downfall of his foes.


9 Open-handed, he gives to the poor;

his justice stands firm for ever.

His head will be raised in glory.


10 The wicked man sees and is angry,

grinds his teeth and fades away;

the desire of the wicked leads to doom.


Psalm 113(112) Laudate, pueri113




Praise, O servants of the Lord,

praise the name of the Lord!

2 May the name of the Lord be blessed

both now and for evermore!

3 From the rising of the sun to its setting

praised be the name of the Lord!


4 High above all nations is the Lord,

above the heavens his glory.

5 Who is like the Lord, our God,

who has risen on high to his throne

6 yet stoops from the heights to look down,

to look down upon heaven and earth?


7 From the dust he lifts up the lowly,

from the dungheap he raises the poor

8 to set them in the company of princes,

yes, with the princes of his people.

9 To the childless wife he gives a home

and gladdens her heart with children.


Psalm 114(113.1) In exitu Israel114




1 When Israel came forth from Egypt,

Jacob’s sons from an alien people

2 Judah became the Lord’s temple,

Israel became his kingdom.


3 The sea fled at the sight:

the Jordan turned back on its course,

4 the mountains leapt like rams

and the hills like yearling sheep.


5 Why was it, sea, that you fled,

that you turned back, Jordan, on your course?

6 Mountains, that you leapt like rams;

hills, like yearling sheep?


7 Tremble, O earth, before the Lord,

in the presence of the God of Jacob,

8 who turns the rock into a pool

and flint into a spring of water.


Psalm 115(113.2) Non nobis, Domine115


1 Not to us, Lord, not to us,

but to your name give the glory

for the sake of your love and your truth,

2 lest the heathen say: “Where is their God?”


3 But our God is in the heavens;

he does whatever he wills.

4 Their idols are silver and gold,

the work of human hands.


5 They have mouths but they cannot speak;

they have eyes but they cannot see;

6 they have ears but they cannot hear;

they have nostrils but they cannot smell.


7 With their hands they cannot feel;

with their feet they cannot walk.

(No sound comes from their throats.)


8 Their makers will come to be like them

and so will all who trust in them.


9 Sons of Israel, trust in the Lord;

he is their help and their shield.

10 Sons of Aaron, trust in the Lord;

he is their help and their shield.


11 You who fear him, trust in the Lord;

he is their help and their shield.

12 He remembers us, and he will bless us;

he will bless the sons of Israel.

(He will bless the sons of Aaron.)


13 The Lord will bless those who fear him,

the little no less than the great:

14 to you may the Lord grant increase,

to you and all your children.


15 May you be blessed by the Lord,

the maker of heaven and earth.

16 The heavens belong to the Lord

but the earth he has given to men.


17 The dead shall not praise the Lord,

nor those who go down into the silence.

18 But we who live bless the Lord

now and for ever. Amen.


Psalm 116.1(114) Dilexi, quoniam116




1 I love the Lord for he has heard

the cry of my appeal;

2 for he turned his ear to me

in the day when I called him.


3 They surrounded me, the snares of death,

with the anguish of the tomb;

they caught me, sorrow and distress.

4 I called on the Lord’s name.


O Lord, my God, deliver me!


5 How gracious is the Lord, and just;

our God has compassion.

6 The Lord protects the simple hearts;

I was helpless so he saved me.


7 Turn back, my soul, to your rest

for the Lord has been good;

8 he has kept my soul from death,

(my eyes from tears)

and my feet from stumbling.


9 I will walk in the presence of the Lord

in the land of the living.


Psalm 116.2(115) Credidi, propter


10 I trusted, even when I said:

“I am sorely afflicted,”

11 and when I said in my alarm:

“No man can be trusted.”


12 How can I repay the Lord

for his goodness to me?

13 The cup of salvation I will raise;

I will call on the Lord’s name.


14 My vows to the Lord I will fulfill

before all his people.

15 O precious in the eyes of the Lord

is the death of his faithful.


16 Your servant, Lord, your servant am I;

you have loosened my bonds.

17 A thanksgiving sacrifice I make;

I will call on the Lord’s name.


18 My vows to the Lord I will fulfill

before all his people,

19 in the courts of the house of the Lord,

in your midst, O Jerusalem.


Psalm 117(116) Laudate Dominum117




1 O praise the Lord, all you nations,

acclaim him all you peoples!


2 Strong is his love for us;

he is faithful for ever.


Psalm 118(117) Confitemini Domino118




1 Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,

for his love endures for ever.


* * *


2 Let the sons of Israel say:

“His love endures for ever.”

3 Let the sons of Aaron say:

“His love endures for ever.”

4 Let those who fear the Lord say:

“His love endures for ever.”


5 I called to the Lord in my distress;

he answered and freed me.

6 The Lord is at my side; I do not fear.

what can man do against me?

7 The Lord is at my side as my helper;

I shall look down on my foes.


8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord

than to trust in men;

9 it is better to take refuge in the Lord

than to trust in princes.


10 The nations all encompassed me;

in the Lord’s name I crushed them.

11 They compassed me, compassed me about;

in the Lord’s name I crushed them.

12 They compassed me about like bees;

they blazed like a fire among thorns.

In the Lord’s name I crushed them.


13 I was thrust down, thrust down and falling,

but the Lord was my helper.

14 The Lord is my strength and my song;

he was my savior.

15 There are shouts of joy and victory

in the tents of the just.


The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;

16 his right hand raised me.

The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;

17 I shall not die, I shall live

and recount his deeds.

18 I was punished, I was punished by the Lord,

but not doomed to die.


19 Open to me the gates of holiness:

I will enter and give thanks.

20 This is the Lord’s own gate

where the just may enter.

21 I will thank you for you have answered

and you are my savior.


22 The stone which the builders rejected

has become the corner stone.

23 This is the work of the Lord,

a marvel in our eyes.

24 This day was made by the Lord;

we rejoice and are glad.


25 O Lord, grant us salvation;

O Lord, grant success.

26 Blessed in the name of the Lord

is he who comes.

We bless you from the house of the Lord;

27 the Lord God is our light.


Go forward in procession with branches

even to the altar.

28 You are my God, I thank you.

My God, I praise you.

29 Give thanks to the Lord for he is good;

for his love endures for ever.


Psalm 119(118) Beati immaculati119


*Aleph (A) I


1 They are happy whose life is blameless,

who follow God’s law!

2 They are happy who do his will,

seeking him with all their hearts,


3 who never do anything evil

but walk in his ways.

4 You have laid down your precepts

to be obeyed with care.


5 May my footsteps be firm

to obey your statutes.

6 Then I shall not be put to shame

as I heed your commands.


7 I will thank you with an upright heart

as I learn your decrees.

8 I will obey your statutes;

do not forsake me.


*Beth (B) II


9 How shall the young remain sinless?

By obeying your word.

10 I have sought you with all my heart;

let me not stray from your commands.


11 I treasure your promise in my heart

lest I sin against you.

12 Blessed are you, O Lord;

teach me your statutes.


13 With my tongue I have recounted

the decrees of your lips.

14 I rejoiced to do your will

as they all riches were mine.


15 I will ponder all your precepts

and consider your paths.

16 I take delight in your statutes;

I will not forget your word.


*Gimmel (G) III


17 Bless your servant and I shall live

and obey your word.

18 Open my eyes that I may see

the wonders of your law.


19 I am a pilgrim on the earth;

show me your commands.

20 My soul is ever consumed

as I long for your decrees.


21 You threaten the proud, the accursed,

who turn from your commands.

22 Relieve me from scorn and contempt

for I do your will.


23 Though the princes sit plotting against me

I ponder on your statutes.

24 Your will is my delight;

your statutes are my counselors.


*Daleth (D) IV


25 My soul lies in the dust;

by your will revive me.

26 I declared my ways and you answered;

teach me your statutes.


27 Make me grasp the way of your precepts

and I will muse on your wonders.

28 My soul pines away with grief;

by your word raise me up.


29 Keep me from the way of error

and teach me your law.

30 I have chosen the way of truth

with your decrees before me.


31 I bind myself to do your will;

Lord, do not disappoint me.

32 I will run the way of your commands;

you give freedom to my heart.


*He (H) V


33 Teach me the demands of your statutes

and I will keep them to the end.

34 Train me to observe your law,

to keep it with my heart.


35 Guide me in the path of your commands;

for there is my delight.

36 Bend my heart to your will

and not to love of gain.


37 Keep my eyes from what is false;

by your word, give me life.

38 Keep the promise you have made

to the servant who fears you.


39 Keep me from the scorn I dread,

for your decrees are good.

40 See, I long for your precepts;

then in your justice, give me life.


*Vau (V) VI


41 Lord, let your love come upon me,

the saving help of your promise.

42 And I shall answer those who taunt me

for I trust in your word.


43 Do not take the word of truth from my mouth

for I trust in your decrees.

44 I shall always keep your law

for ever and ever.


45 I shall walk in the path of freedom

for I seek your precepts.

46 I will speak of your will before kings

and not be abashed.


47 Your commands have been my delight;

these I have loved.

48 I will worship your commands and love them

and ponder your statutes.


*Zayin (Z) VII


49 Remember your word to your servant

by which you gave me hope.

50 This is my comfort in sorrow:

that your promise gives me life.


51 Though the proud may utterly deride me

I keep to your law.

52 I remember your decrees of old

and these, Lord, console me.


53 I am seized with indignation at the wicked

who forsake your law.

54 Your statutes have become my song

in the land of exile.


55 I think of your name in the nighttime

and I keep your law.

56 This has been my blessing,

the keeping of your precepts.


*Heth (CH) VIII


57 My part, I have resolved, O Lord,

is to obey your word.

58 With all my heart I implore your favor;

show the mercy of your promise.


59 I have pondered over many ways

and returned to your will.

60 I made haste and did not delay

to obey your commands.


61 Though the nets of the wicked ensnared me

I remembered your law.

62 At midnight I will rise and thank you

for your just decrees.


63 I am a friend of all who revere you,

who obey your precepts.

64 Lord, your love fills the earth.

Teach me your statutes.


*Teth (T) IX


65 Lord, you have been good to your servant

according to your word.

66 Teach me discernment and knowledge

for I trust in your commands.


67 Before I was afflicted I strayed

but now I keep your word.

68 You are good and your deeds are good;

teach me your statutes.


69 Though proud men smear me with lies

yet I keep your precepts.

70 Their minds are closed to good

but your law is my delight.


71 It was good for me to be afflicted,

to learn your statutes.

72 The law from your mouth means more to me

than silver and gold.


*Yod (Y) X


73 It was your hands that made me and shaped me:

help me to learn your commands.

74 Your faithful will see me and rejoice

for I trust in your word.


75 Lord, I know that your decrees are right,

that you afflicted me justly.

76 Let your love be ready to console me

by your promise to your servant.


77 Let your love come and I shall live

for your law is my delight.

78 Shame the proud who harm me with lies

while I ponder your precepts.


79 Let your faithful turn to me,

those who know your will.

80 Let my heart be blameless in your statutes

lest I be ashamed.


*Caph (K) XI


81 I yearn for your saving help;

I hope in your word.

82 My eyes yearn to see your promise.

When will you console me


83 Though parched and exhausted with waiting

I remember your statutes.

84 How long must your servant suffer?

When will you judge my foes?


85 For me the proud have dug pitfalls,

against your law.

86 Your commands are all true; then help me

when lies oppress me.


87 They almost made an end of me on earth,

but I kept your precepts.

88 Because of your love give me life

and I will do your will.


*Lamed (L) XII


89 Your word, O Lord, for ever

stands firm in the heavens:

90 your truth lasts from age to age,

like the earth you created.


91 By your decree it endures to this day;

for all things serve you.

92 Had your law not been my delight

I would have died in my affliction.


93 I will never forget your precepts

for with them you give me life.

94 Save me, for I am yours

since I seek your precepts.


95 Though the wicked lie in wait to destroy me

yet I ponder your will.

96 I have seen that all perfection has an end

but your command is boundless.


*Mem (M) XIII


97 Lord, how I love your law!

It is ever in my mind.

98 Your command makes me wiser than my foes;

for it is mine for ever.


99 I have more insight than all who teach me

for I ponder your will.

100 I have more understanding than the old

for I keep your precepts.


101 I turn my feet from evil paths

to obey your word.

102 I have not turned from your decrees;

you yourself have taught me.


103 Your promise is sweeter to my taste

than honey in the mouth.

104 I gain understanding from your precepts

and so I hate false ways.


*Nun (N) XIV


105 Your word is a lamp for my steps

and a light for my path.

106 I have sworn and have made up my mind

to obey your decrees.


107 Lord, I am deeply afflicted;

by your word give me life.

108 Accept, Lord, the homage of my lips

and teach me your decrees.


109 Though I carry my life in my hands,

I remember your law.

110 Though the wicked try to ensnare me,

I do not stray from your precepts.


111 Your will is my heritage for ever,

the joy of my heart.

112 I set myself to carry out your statutes

in fullness, for ever.


*Samech (S) XV


113 I have no love for half-hearted men;

my love is for your law.

114 You are my shelter, my shield;

I hope in your word.


115 Leave me, you who do evil;

I will keep God’s command.

116 If you uphold me by your promise I shall live;

let my hopes not be in vain.


117 Sustain me and I shall be saved

and ever observe your statutes.

118 You spurn all who swerve from your statutes;

their cunning is in vain.


119 You throw away the wicked like dross;

so I love your will.

120 I tremble before you in terror;

I fear your decrees.


*Ayin (O) XVI


121 I have done what is right and just:

let me not be oppressed.

122 Vouch for the welfare of your servant

lest the proud oppress me.


123 My eyes yearn for your saving hel

and the promise of your justice.

124 Treat your servant with love

and teach me your statutes.


125 I am your servant, give me knowledge;

then I shall know your will.

126 It is time for the Lord to act

for your law has been broken.


127 That is why I love your commands

more than finest gold,

128 why I rule my life by your precepts,

and hate false ways.


*Pe (P) XVII


129 Your will is wonderful indeed;

therefore I obey it.

130 The unfolding of your word gives light

and teaches the simple.


131 I open my mouth and I sigh

as I yearn for your commands.

132 Turn and show me your mercy;

show justice to your friends.


133 Let my steps be guided by your promise;

let no evil rule me.

134 Redeem me from man’s oppression

and I will keep your precepts.


135 Let your face shine on your servant

and teach me your decrees.

136 Tears stream from my eyes

because your law is disobeyed.


*Sade (TZ) XVIII


137 Lord, you are just indeed;

your decrees are right.

138 You have imposed your will with justice

and with absolute truth.


139 I am carried away by anger

for my foes forget your word.

140 Your promise is tried in the fire,

the delight of your servant.


141 Although I am weak and despised,

I remember your precepts.

142 Your justice is eternal justice

and your law is truth.


143 Though anguish and distress have seized me,

I delight in your commands.

144 The justice of your will is eternal:

if you teach me I shall live.


*Koph (Q) XIX


145 I call with all my heart; Lord, hear me,

I will keep your statutes.

146 I call upon you, save me

and I will do your will.


147 I rise before dawn and cry for help,

I hope in your word.

148 My eyes watch through the night

to ponder your promise.


149 In your love hear my voice, O Lord;

give me life by your decrees.

150 Those who harm me unjustly draw near;

they are far from your law.


151 But you, O Lord, are close,

your commands are truth.

152 Long have I known that your will

is established for ever.


*Resh (R) XX


153 See my affliction and save me

for I remember your law.

154 Uphold my cause and defend me;

by your promise, give me life.


155 Salvation is far from the wicked

who are heedless of your statutes.

156 Numberless, Lord, are your mercies;

with your decrees give me life.


157 Though my foes and oppressors are countless

I have not swerved from your will.

158 I look at the faithless with disgust;

they ignore your promise.


159 See how I love your precepts;

in your mercy give me life.

160 Your word is founded on truth,

your decrees are eternal.


*Shin (SH) XXI


161 Though princes oppress me without cause

I stand in awe of your word.

162 I take delight in your promise

like one who finds a treasure.


163 Lies I hate and detest

but your law is my love.

164 Seven times a day I praise you

for your just decrees.


165 The lovers of your law have great peace;

they never stumble.

166 I await your saving help,

O Lord, I fulfill your commands.


167 My soul obeys your will

and loves it dearly.

168 I obey your precepts and your will;

all that I do is before you.


*Tau (TH) XXII


169 Lord, let my cry come before you:

teach me by your word.

170 Let my pleading come before you:

save me by your promise.


171 Let my lips proclaim your praise

because you teach me your statutes.

172 Let my tongue sing your promise

for your commands are just.


173 Let your hand be ready to help me,

since I have chosen your precepts.

174 Lord, I long for your saving hel

and your law is my delight.


175 Give life to my soul that I may praise you.

Let your decrees give me help.

176 I am lost like a sheep; seek your servant

for I remember your commands.


Psalm 120(119) Ad Dominum120


1 To the Lord in the hour of my distress

I call and he answers me.

2 “O Lord, save my soul from lying lips,

from the tongue of the deceitful.”


3 What shall he repay you in return,

O treacherous tongue?

4 The warriors arrows sharpened

and coals, red-hot, blazing.


5 (Alas, that I abide a stranger in Meshech,

dwell among the tents of Kedar!)


6 Long enough have I been dwelling

with those who hate peace.

7 I am for peace, but when I speak,

they are for fighting.


Psalm 121(120) Levai oculos121


1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains;

from where shall come my help?

2 My help shall come from the Lord

who made heaven and earth.


3 May he never allow you to stumble!

Let him sleep not, your guard.

4 No, he sleeps not nor slumbers,

Israel’s guard.


5 The Lord is your guard and your shade;

at your right side he stands.

6 By day the sun shall not smite you

nor the moon in the night.


7 The Lord will guard you from evil,

he will guard you soul.

8 The Lord will guard your going and coming

both now and for ever.


Psalm 122(121) Laetatus sum122


1 I rejoiced when I heard them say:

“Let us go to God’s house.”

2 And now our feet are standing

within your gates, O Jerusalem.


3 Jerusalem is built as a city

strongly compact.

4 It is there that the tribes go up,

the tribes of the Lord.


For Israel’s law it is,

there to praise the Lord’s name.

5 There were set the thrones of judgment

of the house of David.


6 For the peace of Jerusalem pray:

“Peace be to your homes!

7 May peace reign in your walls,

in your palaces, peace!”


8 For love of my brethren and friends

I say: “Peace upon you.”

9 For love of the house of the Lord

I will ask for your good.


Psalm 123(122) Ad te levavi oculos meos123


1 To you have I lifted up my eyes,

you who dwell in the heavens;

2 my eyes, like the eyes of slaves

on the hand of their lords.


Like the eyes of a servant

on the hand of her mistress,

3 so our eyes are on the Lord our God

till he show us his mercy.


4 Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

We are filled with contempt.

5 Indeed all too full is our soul

with the scorn of the rich,

(with the proud man’s disdain).


Psalm 124(123) Nisi qua Dominus124


1 “If the Lord had not been on our side,”

this is Israel’s song.

2 “If the Lord had not been on our side

when men rose up against us,

3 then would they have swallowed us alive

when their anger was kindled.


4 Then would the waters have engulfed us,

the torrent gone over us;

5 over our head would have swept

the raging waters.”


6 Blessed be the Lord who did not give us

a prey to their teeth!

7 Our life, like a bird, has escaped

from the snare of the fowler.


Indeed the snare has been broken

and we have escaped.

8 Our help is in the name of the Lord,

who made heaven and earth.


Psalm 125(124) Qui confidunt125


1 Those who put their trust in the Lord

are like Mount Zion, that cannot be shaken,

that stands for ever.


2 Jerusalem! The mountains surround her,

so the Lord surrounds his people

both now and for ever.


3 For the scepter of the wicked shall not rest

over the land of the just

for fear that the hands of the just

should turn to evil.


4 Do good, Lord, to those who are good,

to the upright of heart;

5 but the crooked and those who do evil,

drive them away!


On Israel, peace!


Psalm 126(125) In convertendo126


1 When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage,

it seemed like a dream.

2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter,

on our lips there were songs.


The heathens themselves said: “What marvels

the Lord worked for them!”

3 What marvels the Lord worked for us!

Indeed we were glad.


4 Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage

as streams in dry land.

5 Those who are sowing in tears

will sing when they reap.


6 They go out, they go out, full of tears,

carrying seed for the sowing:

they come back, they come back, full of song,

carrying their sheaves.


Psalm 127(126) Nisi Dominus127


1 If the Lord does not build the house,

in vain do its builders labor;

if the Lord does not watch over the city,

in vain does the watchman keep vigil.


2 In vain is your earlier rising,

your going later to rest,

you who toil for the bread you eat,

when he pours gifts on his beloved while they slumber.


3 Truly sons are a gift from the Lord,

a blessing, the fruit of the womb.

4 Indeed the sons of youth

are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.


5 O the happiness of the man

who has filled his quiver with these arrows!

He will have no cause for shame

when he disputes with his foes in the gateways.


Psalm 128(127) Beati omnes128


1 O blessed are those who fear the Lord

and walk in his ways!


2 By the labor of your hands you shall eat.

You will be happy and prosper;

3 the wife like a fruitful vine

in the heart of your house;

Your children like shoots of the olive,

around the your table.


4 Indeed thus shall be blessed

the man who fears the Lord.

5 May the Lord bless you from Zion

5c all the days of your life!

6 May you see your children’s children

5b in a happy Jerusalem!


On Israel, peace!


Psalm 129(128) Saepe expugnaverunt129


1 “They have pressed me hard from my youth,”

this is Israel’s song.

2 “They have pressed me hard from my youth

but could never destroy me.


3 They plowed my back like plowmen,

drawing long furrows.

4 But the Lord who is just, has destroyed

the yoke of the wicked.”


5 Let them be shamed and routed,

those who hate Zion!

6 Let them be like grass on the roof

that withers before it flowers.


7 With that no reaper fill his arms,

no binder makes his sheaves

8 and those passing by will not say:

“On you the Lord’s blessing!”


“We bless you in the name of the Lord.”


Psalm 130(129) De profundis130


1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,

2 Lord, hear my voice!

O let your ears be attentive

to the voice of my pleading.


3 If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt,

Lord, who would survive?

4 But with you is found forgiveness:

for this we revere you.


5 My soul is waiting for the Lord.

I count on his word.

6 My soul is longing for the Lord

more than watchman for daybreak.

(Let the watchman count on daybreak

7 and Israel on the Lord.)


Because with the Lord there is mercy

and fullness of redemption,

8 Israel indeed he will redeem

from all its iniquity.


Psalm 131(130) Domine, non est131


1 O Lord, my heart is not proud

nor haughty my eyes.

I have not gone after things too great

nor marvels beyond me.


2 Truly I have set my soul

in silence and peace.

A weaned child on its mother’s breast,

even so is my soul.


3 O Israel, hope in the Lord

both now and forever.


Psalm 132(131) Memento, Domine132


1 O Lord, remember David

and all the many hardships he endured,

2 the oath he swore to the Lord,

his vow to the Strong One of Jacob.


3 “I will not enter the house where I live

nor go the bed where I rest.

4 I will give no sleep to my eyes,

to my eyelids I will give no slumber

5 till I find a place for the Lord,

a dwelling for the Strong One of Jacob.”


6 At Ephrata we heard of the ark;

we found it in the plains of Yearim.

7 “Let us go to the place of his dwelling;

let us go to kneel at his footstool.”


8 Go up, Lord, to the place of your rest,

you and the ark of your strength.

9 Your priests shall be clothed with holiness;

your faithful shall ring out their joy.

10 For the sake of David your servant

do not reject your anointed.


11 The Lord swore an oath to David;

he will not go back on this word:

“A son, the fruit of your body,

will I set upon your throne.


12 If they keep my covenant in truth

and my laws that I have taught them,

their sons too shall rule

on your throne from age to age.”


13 For the Lord has chosen Zion;

he has desired it for his dwelling:

14 “This is my resting-place for ever;

here have I chosen to live.


15 I will greatly bless her produce,

I will fill her poor with bread.

16 I will clothe her priests with salvation

and her faithful shall ring out their joy.


17 There David’s stock will flower;

I will prepare a lamp for my anointed.

18 I will cover his enemies with shame

but on him my crown shall shine.”


Psalm 133(132) Eccem qyan bonum!133


1 How good and how pleasant it is,

when brothers live in unity!


2 It is like precious oil upon the head

running down upon the beard,

running down upon Aaron’s beard,

upon the collar of his robes.


3 It is like the dew of Hermon which falls

on the heights of Zion.

For there the Lord gives his blessing,

life for ever.


Psalm 134(133) Ecce nunc134


1 O come, bless the Lord,

all you who serve the Lord,

who stand in the house of the Lord,

in the courts of the house of our God.


2 Lift up your hands to the holy place

and bless the Lord through the night.


3 May the Lord bless you from Zion,

he who made both heaven and earth.


Psalm 135(134) Laudate nomen135




Praise the name of the Lord,

praise him, servants of the Lord,

2 who stand in the house of the Lord

in the courts of the house of our God.


3 Praise the Lord for the Lord is good.

Sing a psalm to his name for he is loving.

4 For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself

and Israel for his own possession.


5 For I know that the Lord is great,

that our Lord is high above all gods.

6 The Lord does whatever he wills,

in heaven, on earth, in the seas.


7 He summons clouds from the ends of the earth;

makes lightning produce the rain;

from his treasuries he sends forth the wind.


8 The first-born of the Egyptians he smote,

of man and beast alike.

9 Signs and wonders he worked

in the midst of your land, O Egypt,

against Pharaoh and all his servants.


10 Nations in their greatness he struck

and kings in their splendor he slew.

11 Sihon, king of the Amorites,

Og, the king of Bashan,

and all the kingdoms of Canaan.

12 He let Israel inherit their land;

on his people their land he bestowed.


13 Lord, your name stands for ever,

unforgotten from age to age,

14 for the Lord does justice for his people;

the Lord takes pity on his servants.


15 Pagan idols are silver and gold,

the work of human hands.

16 They have mouths but they cannot speak;

they have eyes but they cannot see.


17 They have ears but they cannot hear;

there is never a breath on their lips.

18 Their makers will come to be like them

and so will all who trust in them!


19 Sons of Israel, bless the Lord!

Sons of Aaron, bless the Lord!

20 Sons of Levi, bless the Lord!

You who fear him, bless the Lord!


21 From Zion may the Lord be blessed,

he who dwells in Jerusalem!


Psalm 136(135) Confitemini136




1 O give thanks to the Lord for he is good,

for his love endures for ever.

2 Give thanks to the God of gods

for his love endures for ever.

3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords,

for his love endures for ever;


4 who alone has wrought marvelous works,

for his love endures for ever;

5 whose wisdom it was made the skies,

for his love endures for ever;

6 who fixed the earth firmly on the seas,

for his love endures for ever.


7 It was he who made the great lights,

for his love endures for ever;

8 the sun to rule in the day,

for his love endures for ever;

9 the moon and the stars in the night,

for his love endures for ever.


10 The first-born of the Egyptians he smote,

for his love endures for ever.

11 He brought Israel out from the midst,

for his love endures for ever;

12 arm outstretched, with power in his hand,

for his love endures for ever.


13 He divided the Red Sea in two,

for his love endures for ever;

14 he made Israel pass through the midst,

for his love endures for ever;

15 he flung Pharaoh and his force in the sea,

for his love endures for ever.


16 Through the desert his people he led,

for his love endures for ever.

17 Nations in their greatness he struck,

for his love endures for ever.

18 Kings in their splendor he slew,

for his love endures for ever.


19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,

for his love endures for ever;

20 and Og, the king of Bashan,

for his love endures for ever.


21 He let Israel inherit their land,

for his love endures for ever.

22 On his servant their land he bestowed,

for his love endures for ever.

23 He remembered us in our distress,

for his love endures for ever.


24 And he snatched us away from our foes,

for his love endures for ever.

25 He gives food to all living things,

for his love endures for ever.

26 To the God of heaven give thanks,

for his love endures for ever.


Psalm 137(136) Super flumina137


1 By the rivers of Babylon

there we sat and wept,

remembering Zion;

2 on the poplars that grew there

we hung up our harps.


3 For it was there that they asked us,

our captors, for songs,

our oppressors, for joy.

“Sing to us,” they said,

“one of Zion’s songs.”


4 O how could we sing

the song of the Lord

on alien soil?

5 If I forget you, Jerusalem,

let my right hand wither!


6 O let my tongue

cleave to my mouth

if I remember you not,

if I prize not Jerusalem

above all my joys!


7 Remember, O Lord,

against the sons of Edom

the day of Jerusalem;

when they said: “Tear it down!

Tear it down to its foundations!”


8 O Babylon, destroyer,

he is happy who repays you

the ills you brought on us.

9 He shall seize and shall dash

your children on the rock!


Psalm 138(137) Confitebor tibi138


1 I thank you, Lord, with all my heart,

you have heard the words of my mouth.

In the presence of the angels I will bless you.

2 I will adore before your holy temple.


I thank you for your faithfulness and love

which excel all we ever knew of you.

3 On the day I called, you answered;

you increased the strength of my soul.


4 All earth’s kings shall thank you

when they hear the words of your mouth.

5 They shall sing of the Lord’s ways:

“How great is the glory of the Lord!”


6 The Lord is high yet he looks on the lowly

and the haughty he knows from afar.

7 Though I walk in the midst of affliction

you give me life and frustrate my foes.


You stretch out your hand and save me,

/8 your hand will do all things for me.

Your love, O Lord, is eternal,

discard not the work of your hands.


Psalm 139(138) Domine, probasti139


1 O Lord, you search me and you know me,

2 you know my resting and my rising,

you discern my purpose from afar.

3 You mark when I walk or lie down,

all my ways lie open to you.


4 Before ever a word is on my tongue

you know it, O Lord, through and through.

5 Behind and before you besiege me,

your hand ever laid upon me.

6 Too wonderful for me this knowledge,

too high, beyond my reach.


7 O where can I go from your spirit,

or where can I flee from your face?

8 If I climb the heavens, you are there.

If I lie in the grave, you are there.


9 If I take the wings of the dawn

and dwell at the sea’s furthest end,

10 even there your hand would lead me,

your right hand would hold me fast.


11 If I say: “Let the darkness hide me

and the light around me be night,”

12 even darkness is not dark for you

and the night is as clear as the day.


13 For it was you who created my being,

knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I thank you for the wonder of my being,

for the wonders of all your creation.


Already you knew my soul

15 my body held no secret from you

when I was being fashioned in secret

and molded in the depths of the earth.


16 Your eyes saw all my actions,

they were all of them written in your book;

every one of my days was decreed

before one of them came into being.


17 To me, how mysterious your thoughts,

the sum of them not to be numbered!

18 If I count them, they are more than the sand;

to finish, I must be eternal, like you.


19 O God, that you would slay the wicked!

Men of blood, keep far away from me!

20 With deceit they rebel against you

and set your designs at naught.


21 Do I not hate those who hate you,

abhor those who rise against you?

22 I hate them with a perfect hate

and they are foes to me.


23 O search me, God, and know my heart.

O test me and know my thoughts.

24 See that I follow not the wrong path

and lead me in the path of life eternal.


Psalm 140(139) Exripe me, Domine140


2 Rescue me, Lord, from evil men;

from the violent keep me safe,

3 from those who plan evil in their hearts

and stir up strife every day;

4 who sharpen their tongue like an adder’s,

with the poison of viper on their lips.


5 Lord, guard me from the hands of the wicked;

from the violent keep me safe;

they plan to make me stumble.

6 The proud have hidden a trap,

have spread out lines in a net,

set snares across my path.


7 I have said to the Lord: “You are my God.”

Lord, hear the cry of my appeal!

8 Lord my God, my mighty help,

you shield my head in the battle.

9 Do not grant the wicked their desire

nor let their plots succeed.


10 Those surrounding me lift up their heads.

Let the malice of their speech overwhelm them.

11 Let coals of fire rain upon them.

Let them be flung in the abyss, no more to rise.

12 Let the slanderer not endure upon the earth.

Let evil hunt the violent man to death!


13 I know that the Lord will avenge the poor,

That he will do justice for the needy.

Truly the just will praise your name

the upright shall live in your presence.


Psalm 141(140) Domine, clamavi141


1 I have called to you, Lord; hasten to help me!

Hear my voice when I cry to you.

2 Let my prayer arise before you like incense,

the raising of my hands like an evening oblation.


3 Set, O Lord, a guard over my mouth;

keep watch, O Lord, at the door of my lips!

4 Do not turn my heart to things that are wrong,

to evil deeds with men who are sinners.


Never allow me to share in their feasting.

5 If a just man strikes or reproves me it is kindness

but let the oil of the wicked not anoint my head.

Let my prayer be ever against their malice.


6 Their princes were thrown down by the side of the rock;

then they understood that my words were kind.

7 As a millstone is shattered to pieces on the ground,

so their bones were strewn at the mouth of the grave.


8 To you, Lord God, my eyes are turned:

in you I take refuge; spare my soul!

9 From the trap they have laid for me keep me safe:

keep me from the snares of those who do evil.


10 Let the wicked fall into the traps they have set

while I pursue my way unharmed.


Psalm 142(141) Voce mea ad Dominum142


2 With all my voice I cry to the Lord,

with all my voice I entreat the Lord.

3 I pour out my trouble before him;

I tell him all my distress

4 while my spirit faints within me.

But you, O Lord, know my path.


On the way where I shall walk

they have hidden a snare to entrap me.

5 Look on my right and see:

there is no one who takes my part.

I have no means of escape,

not one who cares for my soul.


6 I cry to you, O Lord.

I have said: “You are my refuge

all I have in the land of the living.”

7 Listen, then, to my cry

for I am in the depths of distress.


Rescue me from those who pursue me

for they are stronger than I.

8 Bring my soul out of this prison

and then I shall praise your name.

Around me the just will assemble

because of your goodness to me.


Psalm 143(142) Domine, exaudi143


1 Lord, listen to my prayer:

turn your ear to my appeal.

You are faithful, you are just; give answer.

2 Do not call your servant to judgment

for no one is just in your sight.


3 The enemy pursues my soul;

he has crushed my life to the ground;

he has made me dwell in darkness

like the dead, long forgotten.

4 Therefore my spirit fails;

my heart is numb within me.


5 I remember the days that are past:

I ponder all your works.

I muse on what your hand has wrought

6 and to you I stretch out my hands.

Like a parched land my soul thirsts for you.


7 Lord, make haste and answer;

for my spirit fails within me.

Do not hide your face

lest I become like those in the grave.


8 In the morning let me know your love

for I put my trust in you.

Make me know the way I should walk:

to you I lift up my soul.


9 Rescue me, Lord, from my enemies;

I have fled to you for refuge.

10 Teach me to do your will

for you, O Lord, are my God.

Let your good spirit guide me

in ways that are level and smooth.


11 For your name’s sake, Lord, save my life;

in your justice save my soul from distress.

12 In your love make an end of my foes;

destroy all those who oppress me

for I am your servant, O Lord.


Psalm 144(143) Benedictus Dominus144


1 Blessed be the Lord, my rock,

who trains my arms for battle,

who prepares my hands for war.


2 He is my love, my fortress;

he is my stronghold, my savior

my shield, my place of refuge.

He brings peoples under my rule.


3 Lord, what is man that you care for him,

mortal man, that your keep him in mind;

4 man, who is merely a breath

whose life fades like a passing shadow?


5 Lower your heavens and come down;

touch the mountains; wreathe them in smoke.

6 Flash your lightnings; rout the foe,

shoot your arrows and put them to flight.


7 Reach down from heaven and save me;

draw me out from the mighty waters,

from the hands of alien foes

8 whose mouths are filled with lies,

whose hands are raised in perjury.


9 To you, O God, will I sing a new song;

I will play on the ten-stringed Har

10 to you who give kings their victory,

who set David your servant free.


11 You set him free from the evil sword;

you rescued him from alien foes

whose mouths were filled with lies,

whose hands were raised in perjury.


* * *


12 Let our sons then flourish like saplings

grown tall and strong from their youth,

our daughters graceful as columns,

adorned as though for a palace.


13 Let our barns be filled to overflowing

with crops of every kind;

our sheep increasing by thousands,

myriads of sheep in our fields,

14 our cattle heavy with young,


no ruined wall, no exile,

no sound of weeping in our streets.

15 Happy the people with such blessings;

happy the people whose God is the Lord.


Psalm 145(144) Exaltabo te, Deus145


1 I will give you glory, O God my king,

I will bless your name for ever.


2 I will bless you day after day

and praise your name for ever.

3 The Lord is great, highly to be praised,

his greatness cannot be measured.


4 Age to age shall proclaim your works,

shall declare your mighty deeds,

5 shall speak of your splendor and glory,

tell the tale of your wonderful works.

6 They will speak of your terrible deeds,

recount your greatness and might.

7 They will recall your abundant goodness;

age to age shall ring out your justice.


8 The Lord is kind and full of compassion,

slow to anger, abounding in love.

9 How good is the Lord to all,

compassionate to all his creatures.


10 All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,

and your friends shall repeat their blessing.

11 They shall speak of the glory of your reign

and declare your might, O God,


12 to make known to all your mighty deeds

and the glorious splendor of your reign.

13 Yours is an everlasting kingdom;

your rule lasts from age to age.


The Lord is faithful in all his words

and loving in all his deeds.

14 The Lord supports all who fall

and raise up all who are bowed down.


15 The eyes of all creatures look to you

and you give them their food in due time.

16 You open wide your hand,

grant the desires of all who live.


17 The Lord is just in all his ways

and loving in all his deeds.

18 He is close to all who call him,

who call on him from their hearts.


19 He grants the desires of those who fear him,

he hears their cry and he saves them.

20 The Lord protects all who love him ;

the wicked he will utterly destroy.


21 Let me speak the praise of the Lord,

let all peoples bless his holy name

for ever, for ages unending.



Psalm 146(145) Lauda, anima mea146




My soul, give praise to the Lord;

2 I will praise the Lord all my days,

make music to my God while I live.


3 Put no trust in princes,

In mortal men in whom there is no help.

4 Take their breath, they return to clay

and their plans that day come to nothing.


5 He is happy who is helped by Jacob’s God,

whose hope is in the Lord his God,

6 who alone made heaven and earth,

the seas and all they contain.


It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever,

7 who is just to those who are oppressed.

It is he who gives bread to the hungry,

the Lord, who sets prisoners free,


8 the Lord who gives sight to the blind,

who raises up those who are bowed down,

9 the Lord, who protects the stranger

and upholds the widow and orphan.


8c It is the Lord who loves the just

9c but thwarts the path of the wicked.

10 The Lord will reign for ever,

Zion’s God, from age to age.




Psalm 147.1(146) Laudate Dominum147




1 Praise the Lord for he is good;

sing to our God for he is loving:

to him our praise is due.


2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem

and brings back Israel’s exiles,

3 he heals the broken-hearted,

he binds up all their wounds.

4 He fixes the number of the stars;

he calls each one by its name.


5 Our Lord is great and almighty;

his wisdom can never be measured.

6 The Lord raises the lowly;

he humbles the wicked to the dust.

7 O sing to the Lord giving thanks;

sing psalms to our God with the harp.


8 He covers the heavens with clouds;

he prepares the rain for the earth,

making mountains sprout with grass

and with plants to serve man’s needs.

9 He provides the beasts with their food

and young ravens that call upon him.


10 His delight is not in horses

nor his pleasure in warriors’ strength.

11 The Lord delights in those who revere him,

in those who wait for his love.


Psalm 147.2(147) Lauda, Jerusalem


12 O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!

Zion praise your God!


13 He has strengthened the bars of your gates

he has blessed the children within you.

14 He established peace on your borders,

he feeds you with finest wheat.


15 He sends out his word to the earth

and swiftly runs his command.

16 He showers down snow white as wool,

he scatters hoar-frost like ashes.


17 He hurls down hailstones like crumbs.

The waters are frozen at his touch;

18 he sends forth his word and it melts them:

at the breath of his mouth the waters flow.


19 He makes his word known to Jacob,

to Israel his laws and decrees.

20 He has not dealt thus with other nations;

he has not taught them his decrees.




Psalm 148(148) Laudate Dominum148




Praise the Lord from the heavens,

praise him in the heights.

2 Praise him, all his angels,

praise him, all his host.


3 Praise him, sun and moon,

praise him, shining stars.

4 Praise him, highest heavens

and the waters above the heavens.


5 Let them praise the name of the Lord.

He commanded: they were made.

6 He fixed them for ever,

gave a law which shall not pass away.


7 Praise the Lord from the earth,

sea creatures and all oceans,

8 fire and hail, snow and mist,

stormy winds that obey his word;


9 all mountains and hills,

all fruit trees and cedars,

10 beasts, wild and tame,

reptiles and birds on the wing;


11 all earth’s kings and peoples,

earth’s princes and rulers,

12 young men and maidens,

the old men together with children.


13 Let them praise the name of the Lord

for he alone is exalted.

The splendor of his name

reaches beyond heaven and earth.


14 He exalts the strength of his people.

He is the praise of all his saints,

of the sons of Israel,

of the people to whom he comes close.




Psalm 149(149) Cantate Domino149




Sing a new song to the Lord,

his praise in the assembly of the faithful.

2 Let Israel rejoice in its Maker,

let Zion’s sons exult in their king.

3 Let them praise his name with dancing

and make music with timbrel and harp.


4 For the Lord takes delight in his people.

He crowns the poor with salvation.

5 Let the faithful rejoice in their glory,

shout for joy and take their rest.

6 Let the praise of God be on their lips

and a two-edged sword in their hand,


7 to deal out vengeance to the nations

and punishment on all the peoples;

8 to bind their kings in chains

and their nobles in fetters of iron;

9 to carry out the sentence pre-ordained:

this honor is for all his faithful.




Psalm 150(150) Laudate Dominum150




Praise God in his holy place,

praise him in his mighty heavens.

2 Praise him for his powerful deeds,

praise his surpassing greatness.


3 O praise him with sound of trumpet,

praise him with lute and harp.

4 Praise him with timbrel and dance,

praise him with strings and pipes.


5 O praise him with resounding cymbals,

praise him with clashing of cymbals.

6 Let everything that lives and that breathes

give praise to the Lord.
















































































This Webpage was created for a workshop held at Saint Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, California in 2000....x....   “”.