The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Psalms Appropriate To The Advent

Source: Arthur H. Dyke Acland, Ed., Liturgia Domestica; or, Services for every morning and evening of the week from the Book of Common Prayer, for the use of families. To which are appended, Sentences, Prayers and Hymns for the Commemoration of the Seasons of the Church (Oxford: J. H. Parker, 1840), p. 140.

The text is from the American Standard Version of 1901.

Appropriate Psalms. ó ii. xix. xlvii. l. lxxxv. xciii. xcvi. xcvii. xcviii.

Links to Individual Psalms:

Psalm 2

Why do the nations rage,

And the peoples meditate a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves,

And the rulers take counsel together,

Against Jehovah, and against his anointed, saying,

Let us break their bonds asunder,

And cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens will laugh:

The Lord will have them in derision.

Then will he speak unto them in his wrath,

And vex them in his sore displeasure:

Yet I have set my king

Upon my holy hill of Zion.

I will tell of the decree:

Jehovah said unto me, Thou art my son;

This day have I begotten thee.

Ask of me, and I will give thee the nations for thine inheritance,

And the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron;

Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potterís vessel.


10 Now therefore be wise, O ye kings:

Be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve Jehovah with fear,

And rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the son, lest he be angry, and ye perish in the way,

For his wrath will soon be kindled.

Blessed are all they that take refuge in him.



Psalm 19.

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

The heavens declare the glory of God;

And the firmament showeth his handiwork.

Day unto day uttereth speech,

And night unto night showeth knowledge.

There is no speech nor language;

Their voice is not heard.

Their line is gone out through all the earth,

And their words to the end of the world.

In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,

And rejoiceth as a strong man to run his course.

His going forth is from the end of the heavens,

And his circuit unto the ends of it;

And there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.


The law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring the soul:

The testimony of Jehovah is sure, making wise the simple.

The precepts of Jehovah are right, rejoicing the heart:

The commandment of Jehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of Jehovah is clean, enduring for ever:

The ordinances of Jehovah are true, and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold;

Sweeter also than honey and the droppings of the honeycomb.

11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned:

In keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors?

Clear thou me from hidden faults.

13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins;

Let them not have dominion over me:

Then shall I be upright,

And I shall be clear from great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

Be acceptable in thy sight,

O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer.



Psalm 47.

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

Oh clap your hands, all ye peoples;

Shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

For Jehovah Most High is terrible;

He is a great King over all the earth.

He subdueth peoples under us,

And nations under our feet.

He chooseth our inheritance for us,

The glory of Jacob whom he loved.


God is gone up with a shout,

Jehovah with the sound of a trumpet.

Sing praises to God, sing praises:

Sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

For God is the King of all the earth:

Sing ye praises with understanding.

God reigneth over the nations:

God sitteth upon his holy throne.

The princes of the peoples are gathered together

To be the people of the God of Abraham;

For the shields of the earth belong unto God:

He is greatly exalted.



Psalm 50.

A Psalm of Asaph.

The Mighty One, God, Jehovah, hath spoken,

And called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,

God hath shined forth.

Our God cometh, and doth not keep silence:

A fire devoureth before him,

And it is very tempestuous round about him.

He calleth to the heavens above,

And to the earth, that he may judge his people:

Gather my saints together unto me,

Those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.

And the heavens shall declare his righteousness;

For God is judge himself.


Hear, O my people, and I will speak;

O Israel, and I will testify unto thee:

I am God, even thy God.

I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices;

And thy burnt-offerings are continually before me.

I will take no bullock out of thy house,

Nor he-goats out of thy folds.

10 For every beast of the forest is mine,

And the cattle upon a thousand hills.

11 I know all the birds of the mountains;

And the wild beasts of the field are mine.

12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee;

For the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.

13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls,

Or drink the blood of goats?

14 Offer unto God the sacrifice of thanksgiving;

And pay thy vows unto the Most High;

15 And call upon me in the day of trouble:

I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.


16 But unto the wicked God saith,

What hast thou to do to declare my statutes,

And that thou hast taken my covenant in thy mouth,

17 Seeing that thou hatest instruction,

And castest my words behind thee?

18 When thou sawest a thief, thou consentedst with him,

And hast been partaker with adulterers.

19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil,

And thy tongue frameth deceit.

20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother;

Thou slanderest thine own motherís son.

21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence;

Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such a one as thyself:

But I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.


22 Now consider this, ye that forget God,

Lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver:

23 Whoso offereth the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifieth me;

And to him that ordereth his way aright

Will I show the salvation of God.


Psalm 85.

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

Jehovah, thou hast been favorable unto thy land;

Thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.

Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people;

Thou hast covered all their sin.


Thou hast taken away all thy wrath;

Thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.

Turn us, O God of our salvation,

And cause thine indignation toward us to cease.

Wilt thou be angry with us for ever?

Wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?

Wilt thou not quicken us again,

That thy people may rejoice in thee?

Show us thy lovingkindness, O Jehovah,

And grant us thy salvation.

I will hear what God Jehovah will speak;

For he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints:

But let them not turn again to folly.

Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him,

That glory may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth are met together;

Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

11 Truth springeth out of the earth;

And righteousness hath looked down from heaven.

12 Yea, Jehovah will give that which is good;

And our land shall yield its increase.

13 Righteousness shall go before him,

And shall make his footsteps a way to walk in.



Psalm 93.

Jehovah reigneth; he is clothed with majesty;

Jehovah is clothed with strength; he hath girded himself therewith:

The world also is established, that it cannot be moved.

Thy throne is established of old:

Thou art from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O Jehovah,

The floods have lifted up their voice;

The floods lift up their waves.

Above the voices of many waters,

The mighty breakers of the sea,

Jehovah on high is mighty.

Thy testimonies are very sure:

Holiness becometh thy house,

O Jehovah, for evermore.



Psalm 96.

Oh sing unto Jehovah a new song:

Sing unto Jehovah, all the earth.

Sing unto Jehovah, bless his name;

Show forth his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the nations,

His marvellous works among all the peoples.

For great is Jehovah, and greatly to be praised:

He is to be feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the peoples are idols;

But Jehovah made the heavens.

Honor and majesty are before him:

Strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe unto Jehovah, ye kindreds of the peoples,

Ascribe unto Jehovah glory and strength.

Ascribe unto Jehovah the glory due unto his name:

Bring an offering, and come into his courts.

Oh worship Jehovah in holy array:

Tremble before him, all the earth.

10 Say among the nations, Jehovah reigneth:

The world also is established that it cannot be moved:

He will judge the peoples with equity.

11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof;

12 Let the field exult, and all that is therein;

Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy

13 Before Jehovah; for he cometh,

For he cometh to judge the earth:

He will judge the world with righteousness,

And the peoples with his truth.



Psalm 97.

Jehovah reigneth; let the earth rejoice;

Let the multitude of isles be glad.

Clouds and darkness are round about him:

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

A fire goeth before him,

And burneth up his adversaries round about.

His lightnings lightened the world:

The earth saw, and trembled.

The mountains melted like wax at the presence of Jehovah,

At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

The heavens declare his righteousness,

And all the peoples have seen his glory.

Let all them be put to shame that serve graven images,

That boast themselves of idols:

Worship him, all ye gods.

Zion heard and was glad,

And the daughters of Judah rejoiced,

Because of thy judgments, O Jehovah.

For thou, Jehovah, art most high above all the earth:

Thou art exalted far above all gods.

10 O ye that love Jehovah, hate evil:

He preserveth the souls of his saints;

He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

11 Light is sown for the righteous,

And gladness for the upright in heart.

12 Be glad in Jehovah, ye righteous;

And give thanks to his holy memorial name.



Psalm 98.

A Psalm.

Oh sing unto Jehovah a new song;

For he hath done marvellous things:

His right hand, and his holy arm, hath wrought salvation for him.

Jehovah hath made known his salvation:

His righteousness hath he openly showed in the sight of the nations.

He hath remembered his loving kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel:

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Make a joyful noise unto Jehovah, all the earth:

Break forth and sing for joy, yea, sing praises.

Sing praises unto Jehovah with the harp;

With the harp and the voice of melody.

With trumpets and sound of cornet

Make a joyful noise before the King, Jehovah.

Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof;

The world, and they that dwell therein;

Let the floods clap their hands;

Let the hills sing for joy together

Before Jehovah; for he cometh to judge the earth:

He will judge the world with righteousness,

And the peoples with equity.


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