1 (132-1) <A gradual canticle of David.> Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity: 2 (132-2) Like the precious ointment on the head, that ran down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron, Which ran down to the skirt of his garment: 3 (132-3) As the dew of Hermon, which descendeth upon mount Sion. For there the Lord hath commanded blessing, and life for evermore.
1 (133-1) <A gradual canticle.> Behold now bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord: Who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God. 2 (133-2) In the nights lift up your hands to the holy places, and bless ye the Lord. 3 (133-3) May the Lord out of Sion bless thee, he that made heaven and earth.
1 (134-1) Alleluia. Praise ye the name of the Lord: O you his servants, praise the Lord: 2 (134-2) You that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God. 3 (134-3) Praise ye the Lord, for the Lord is good: sing ye to his name, for it is sweet. 4 (134-4) For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself: Israel for his own possession. 5 (134-5) For I have known that the Lord is great, and our God is above all gods. 6 (134-6) Whatsoever the Lord pleased he hath done, in heaven, in earth, in the sea, and in all the deeps. 7 (134-7) He bringeth up clouds from the end of the earth: he hath made lightnings for the rain. He bringeth forth winds out of his stores: 8 (134-8) He slew the firstborn of Egypt from man even unto beast. 9 (134-9) He sent forth signs and wonders in the midst of thee, O Egypt: upon Pharao, and upon all his servants. 10 (134-10) He smote many nations, and slew mighty kings: 11 (134-11) Sehon king of the Amorrhites, and Og king of Basan, and all the kingdoms of Chanaan. 12 (134-12) And gave their land for an inheritance, for an inheritance to his people Israel. 13 (134-13) Thy name, O Lord, is for ever: thy memorial, O Lord, unto all generations. 14 (134-14) For the Lord will judge his people, and will be entreated in favour of his servants. 15 (134-15) The idols of the Gentiles are silver and gold, the works of men’s hands. 16 (134-16) They have a mouth, but they speak not: they have eyes, but they see not. 17 (134-17) They have ears, but they hear not: neither is there any breath in their mouths. 18 (134-18) Let them that make them be like to them: and every one that trusteth in them. 19 (134-19) Bless the Lord, O house of Israel: bless the Lord, O house of Aaron. 20 (134-20) Bless the Lord, O house of Levi: you that fear the Lord, bless the Lord. 21 (134-21) Blessed be the Lord out of Sion, who dwelleth in Jerusalem.
1 (135-1) Alleluia. Praise the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. 2 (135-2) Praise ye the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. 3 (135-3) Praise ye the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. 4 (135-4) Who alone doth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever. 5 (135-5) Who made the heavens in understanding: for his mercy endureth for ever. 6 (135-6) Who established the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever. 7 (135-7) Who made the great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever. 8 (135-8) The sun to rule the day: for his mercy endureth for ever. 9 (135-9) The moon and the stars to rule the night: for his mercy endureth for ever. 10 (135-10) Who smote Egypt with their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever. 11 (135-11) Who brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever. 12 (135-12) With a mighty hand and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever. 13 (135-13) Who divided the Red Sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever. 14 (135-14) And brought out Israel through the midst thereof: for his mercy endureth for ever. 15 (135-15) And overthrew Pharao and his host in the Red Sea: for his mercy endureth for ever. 16 (135-16) Who led his people through the desert: for his mercy endureth for ever. 17 (135-17) Who smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever. 18 (135-18) And slew strong kings: for his mercy endureth for ever. 19 (135-19) Sehon king of the Amorrhites: for his mercy endureth for ever. 20 (135-20) And Og king of Basan: for his mercy endureth for ever. 21 (135-21) And he gave their land for an inheritance: for his mercy endureth for ever. 22 (135-22) For an inheritance to his servant Israel: for his mercy endureth for ever. 23 (135-23) For he was mindful of us in our affliction: for his mercy endureth for ever. 24 (135-24) And he redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever. 25 (135-25) Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever. 26 (135-26) Give glory to the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever. (135-27) Give glory to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
1 (136-1) Upon the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and wept: when we remembered Sion: 2 (136-2) On the willows in the midst thereof we hung up our instruments. 3 (136-3) For there they that led us into captivity required of us the words of songs. And they that carried us away, said: Sing ye to us a hymn of the songs of Sion. 4 (136-4) How shall we sing the song of the Lord in a strange land? 5 (136-5) If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten. 6 (136-6) Let my tongue cleave to my jaws, if I do not remember thee: If I make not Jerusalem the beginning of my joy. 7 (136-7) Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom, in the day of Jerusalem: Who say: Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof. 8 (136-8) O daughter of Babylon, miserable: blessed shall he be who shall repay thee thy payment which thou hast paid us. 9 (136-9) Blessed be he that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock.
1 (137-1) <For David himself.> I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart: for thou hast heard the words of my mouth. I will sing praise to thee in the sight of the angels: 2 (137-2) I will worship towards thy holy temple, and I will give glory to thy name. For thy mercy, and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy holy name above all. 3 (137-3) In what day soever I shall call upon thee, hear me: thou shalt multiply strength in my soul. 4 (137-4) May all the kings of the earth give glory to thee: for they have heard all the words of thy mouth. 5 (137-5) And let them sing in the ways of the Lord: for great is the glory of the Lord. 6 (137-6) For the Lord is high, and looketh on the low: and the high he knoweth afar off. 7 (137-7) If I shall walk in the midst of tribulation, thou wilt quicken me: and thou hast stretched forth thy hand against the wrath of my enemies: and thy right hand hath saved me. 8 (137-8) The Lord will repay for me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: O despise not the works of thy hands.
1 (138-1) <Unto the end, a psalm of David.> Lord, thou hast proved me, and known me: 2 (138-2) Thou hast known my sitting down, and my rising up. 3 (138-3) Thou hast understood my thoughts afar off: my path and my line thou hast searched out. 4 (138-4) And thou hast foreseen all my ways: for there is no speech in my tongue. 5 (138-5) Behold, O Lord, thou hast known all things, the last and those of old: thou hast formed me, and hast laid thy hand upon me. 6 (138-6) Thy knowledge is become wonderful to me: it is high, and I cannot reach to it. 7 (138-7) Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy face? 8 (138-8) If I ascend into heaven, thou art there: if I descend into hell, thou art present. 9 (138-9) If I take my wings early in the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea: 10 (138-10) Even there also shall thy hand lead me: and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 (138-11) And I said: Perhaps darkness shall cover me: and night shall be my light in my pleasures. 12 (138-12) But darkness shall not be dark to thee, and night shall be light all the day: the darkness thereof, and the light thereof are alike to thee. 13 (138-13) For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast protected me from my mother’s womb. 14 (138-14) I will praise thee, for thou art fearfully magnified: wonderful are thy works, and my soul knoweth right well. 15 (138-15) My bone is not hidden from thee, which thou hast made in secret: and my substance in the lower parts of the earth. 16 (138-16) Thy eyes did see my imperfect being, and in thy book all shall be written: days shall be formed, and no one in them. 17 (138-17) But to me thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened. 18 (138-18) I will number them, and they shall be multiplied above the sand, I rose up and am still with thee. 19 (138-19) If thou wilt kill the wicked, O God: ye men of blood, depart from me: 20 (138-20) Because you say in thought: They shall receive thy cities in vain. 21 (138-21) Have I not hated them, O Lord, that hated thee: and pined away because of thy enemies? 22 (138-22) I have hated them with a perfect hatred: and they are become enemies to me. 23 (138-23) Prove me, O God, and know my heart: examine me, and know my paths. 24 (138-24) And see if there be in me the way of iniquity: and lead me in the eternal way.