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The Psalter According to the Seventy

Psalm 88

Concerning Instruction; for Etham the Israelite.

Of Thy mercies, O Lord, will I sing for ever.
2 Unto generation and generation will I declare Thy truth with my mouth.
3 For Thou hast said: Mercy shall be built up for ever. In the heavens shall Thy truth be established.
4 I have made a covenant with My chosen ones, I have sworn unto David My servant: I will establish thy seed until eternity, and build up thy throne unto generation and generation.
5 The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord, and Thy truth in the congregation of saints.
6 For who in the clouds shall be compared unto the Lord? And who shall be likened to the Lord among the sons of God?
7 God Who is glorified in the council of the saints is great and terrible towards all that are round about Him.
8 O Lord God of hosts, who is like unto Thee? Mighty art Thou, O Lord, and Thy truth is round about Thee.
9 Thou art sovereign over the strength of the sea, and the tumult of her waves Thou makest calm.
10 Thou hast brought the proud man low as the corpse of one slain, and with the arm of Thy power hast Thou scattered Thine enemies.
11 Thine are the heavens, and Thine is the earth; the world and the fullness thereof hast Thou founded; the north and the sea hast Thou created.
12 Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in Thy name. Thine is the arm that hath might.
13 Let Thy hand be strengthened, let Thy right hand be lifted up on high; righteousness and judgement are the establishment of Thy throne.
14 Mercy and truth shall go before Thy face. Blessed is the people that knoweth jubilation.
15 O Lord, in the light of Thy face shall they walk, and in Thy name shall they rejoice all the day long, and in Thy righteousness shall they be exalted.
16 For the boast of their strength art Thou, and in Thy good pleasure shall our horn be lifted high.
17 For from the Lord is our defense, yea, from the Holy One of Israel, our King.
18 At that time Thou spakest in a vision to Thy sons, and Thou didst say: I have bestowed help on one that is mighty, I have raised up one chosen out of My people.
19 I have found David My servant, with My holy oil have I anointed him.
20 For My hand shall be unto him an ally, and Mine arm shall strengthen him.
21 No advantage shall his enemy have over him, nor shall the son of iniquity avail to hurt him any more.
22 And I will hew down his enemies before his face, and them that hate him shall I put to flight.
23 And My truth and My mercy shall be with him, and in My name shall his horn be lifted high.
24 And I will set his hand in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.
25 He shall call upon Me and shall say: My Father art Thou, my God, and the helper of my salvation.
26 And as for Me, I will make him My firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.
27 For ever shall I keep for him My mercy, and My covenant shall be faithful unto him.
28 And I will establish his seed unto ages of ages, and his throne shall be as the days of heaven.
29 If his sons forsake My law, and if they walk not in My judgements,
30 If My statutes they profane, and keep not My commandments,
31 I will visit their iniquities with a rod, and their injustices with scourges.
32 But My mercy will I not disperse away from them, nor will I wrong them in My truth.
33 Nor will I profane My covenant, nor the things that proceed from My lips will I make void.
34 Once have I sworn by My holiness that to David I will not lie; his seed for ever shall abide.
35 And his throne shall be as the sun before Me, and as the moon that is established for ever, and is a faithful witness in the sky. (Diapsalm)
36 But Thou hast cast off and brought to nought, Thou hast been wroth with Thine anointed.
37 Thou hast destroyed the covenant of Thy servant, Thou hast profaned his sanctuary unto the earth.
38 Thou hast broken down all his hedges, Thou hast made his strongholds to be his terror.
39 All have despoiled him that pass along the way, he is become a reproach unto his neighbours.
40 Thou hast exalted the right hand of them that afflict him, Thou hast gladdened all his enemies.
41 Thou hast turned away the help of his sword, and hast not helped him in the battle.
42 Thou hast made an end of his purification, his throne unto the earth hast Thou cast down.
43 Thou hast shortened the days of his time, Thou hast poured down shame upon him.
44 How long, O Lord, dost Thou turn away unto the end? Shall Thy wrath burn like fire?
45 Remember what my substance is. Nay, hast Thou created all the sons of man in vain?
46 Who is the man that shall live and not see death? Can he deliver his soul out of the hand of hades?
47 Where are Thine ancient mercies, O Lord, which Thou swarest unto David in Thy truth?
48 Remember, O Lord, the reproach of Thy servants, which I have endured in my bosom from many nations,
49 Wherewith Thine enemies have reproached, O Lord, wherewith they have reproached the recompense of Thine anointed.
50 Blessed is the Lord for ever. So be it. So be it.

Here you can access individual chapters and kathisma of the The Psalter According to the Seventy . Kathismata range from 1 to 20. Chapters range from 1 to 151 (there's an extra Psalm in the Septuagint.)


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