The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Hexapsalmos

Psalms III, XXXVIII, LXIII, LXXXVIII, CIII, CXLIII

For inclusion in the Canon of Christmas Day By St. Cosmas.

All Translations are from the American Standard Version (ASV) of the Holy Bible, Which is in the Public Domain.

Psalm III.

Psalm 3
American Standard Version (ASV)

A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

Jehovah, how are mine adversaries increased! Many are they that rise up against me.

Many there are that say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah

But thou, O Jehovah, art a shield about me; My glory and the lifter up of my head.

I cry unto Jehovah with my voice, And he answereth me out of his holy hill. Selah

I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for Jehovah sustaineth me.

I will not be afraid of ten thousands of the people That have set themselves against me round about.

Arise, O Jehovah; save me, O my God: For thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; Thou hast broken the teeth of the wicked.

Salvation belongeth unto Jehovah: Thy blessing be upon thy people. Selah

 

Psalm XXXVIII.

Psalm 38
American Standard Version (ASV)

A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance.

38 O Jehovah, rebuke me not in thy wrath; Neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

For thine arrows stick fast in me, And thy hand presseth me sore.

There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine indignation; Neither is there any health in my bones because of my sin.

For mine iniquities are gone over my head: As a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

My wounds are loathsome and corrupt, Because of my foolishness.

I am pained and bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

For my loins are filled with burning; And there is no soundness in my flesh.

I am faint and sore bruised: I have groaned by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

Lord, all my desire is before thee; And my groaning is not hid from thee.

10 My heart throbbeth, my strength faileth me: As for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.

11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague; And my kinsmen stand afar off.

12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me; And they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, And meditate deceits all the day long.

13 But I, as a deaf man, hear not; And I am as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

14 Yea, I am as a man that heareth not, And in whose mouth are no reproofs.

15 For in thee, O Jehovah, do I hope: Thou wilt answer, O Lord my God.

16 For I said, Lest they rejoice over me: When my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.

17 For I am ready to fall, And my sorrow is continually before me.

18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

19 But mine enemies are lively, and are strong; And they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

20 They also that render evil for good Are adversaries unto me, because I follow the thing that is good.

21 Forsake me not, O Jehovah: O my God, be not far from me.

22 Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation.

 

Psalm LXIII.

Psalm 63
American Standard Version (ASV)

A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

63 O God, thou art my God; earnestly will I seek thee: My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee, In a dry and weary land, where no water is.

So have I looked upon thee in the sanctuary, To see thy power and thy glory.

Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise thee.

So will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; And my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips;

When I remember thee upon my bed, And meditate on thee in the night-watches.

For thou hast been my help, And in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.

My soul followeth hard after thee: Thy right hand upholdeth me.

But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

10 They shall be given over to the power of the sword: They shall be a portion for foxes.

11 But the king shall rejoice in God: Every one that sweareth by him shall glory; For the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

 

Psalm LXXXVIII.

Psalm 88
American Standard Version (ASV)

A Song, a Psalm of the sons of Korah; for the Chief Musician; set to Mahalath Leannoth. Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite.

88 O Jehovah, the God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee.

Let my prayer enter into thy presence; Incline thine ear unto my cry.

For my soul is full of troubles, And my life draweth nigh unto Sheol.

I am reckoned with them that go down into the pit; I am as a man that hath no help,

Cast off among the dead, Like the slain that lie in the grave, Whom thou rememberest no more, And they are cut off from thy hand.

Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, In dark places, in the deeps.

Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, And thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah

Thou hast put mine acquaintance far from me; Thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.

Mine eye wasteth away by reason of affliction: I have called daily upon thee, O Jehovah; I have spread forth my hands unto thee.

10 Wilt thou show wonders to the dead? Shall they that are decreased arise and praise thee? Selah

11 Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Or thy faithfulness in Destruction?

12 Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? And thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

13 But unto thee, O Jehovah, have I cried; And in the morning shall my prayer come before thee.

14 Jehovah, why castest thou off my soul? Why hidest thou thy face from me?

15 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: While I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.

16 Thy fierce wrath is gone over me; Thy terrors have cut me off.

17 They came round about me like water all the day long; They compassed me about together.

18 Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, And mine acquaintance into darkness.

 

Psalm CIII.

Psalm 103
American Standard Version (ASV)

A Psalm of David.

103 Bless Jehovah, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Bless Jehovah, O my soul, And forget not all his benefits:

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases;

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Who satisfieth thy desire with good things, So that thy youth is renewed like the eagle.

Jehovah executeth righteous acts, And judgments for all that are oppressed.

He made known his ways unto Moses, His doings unto the children of Israel.

Jehovah is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness.

He will not always chide; Neither will he keep his anger for ever.

10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins, Nor rewarded us after our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is his lovingkindness toward them that fear him.

12 As far as the east is from the west, So far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

13 Like as a father pitieth his children, So Jehovah pitieth them that fear him.

14 For he knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are as grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; And the place thereof shall know it no more.

17 But the lovingkindness of Jehovah is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, And his righteousness unto children's children;

18 To such as keep his covenant, And to those that remember his precepts to do them.

19 Jehovah hath established his throne in the heavens; And his kingdom ruleth over all.

20 Bless Jehovah, ye his angels, That are mighty in strength, that fulfil his word, Hearkening unto the voice of his word.

21 Bless Jehovah, all ye his hosts, Ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

22 Bless Jehovah, all ye his works, In all places of his dominion: Bless Jehovah, O my soul.

 

Psalm CXLIII.

Psalm 143
American Standard Version (ASV)

A Psalm of David.

143 Hear my prayer, O Jehovah; give ear to my supplications: In thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

And enter not into judgment with thy servant; For in thy sight no man living is righteous.

For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; He hath smitten my life down to the ground: He hath made me to dwell in dark places, as those that have been long dead.

Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; My heart within me is desolate.

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy doings; I muse on the work of thy hands.

I spread forth my hands unto thee: My soul thirsteth after thee, as a weary land. Selah

Make haste to answer me, O Jehovah; my spirit faileth: Hide not thy face from me, Lest I become like them that go down into the pit.

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; For in thee do I trust: Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; For I lift up my soul unto thee.

Deliver me, O Jehovah, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.

10 Teach me to do thy will; For thou art my God: Thy Spirit is good; Lead me in the land of uprightness.

11 Quicken me, O Jehovah, for thy name's sake: In thy righteousness bring my soul out of trouble.

12 And in thy lovingkindness cut off mine enemies, And destroy all them that afflict my soul; For I am thy servant.

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