Psalm 135

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Psalm 135 is the 135th psalm of the Book of Psalms.

Text[edit]

Koine Greek text from the Septuagint[edit]

Original text found in the Septuagint, late 2nd Century BCE:

Ἀλληλούΐα.

ΑΙΝΕΙΤΕ τὸ ὄνομα Κυρίου, αἰνεῖτε, δοῦλοι, Κύριον,
2 οἱ ἑστῶτες ἐν οἴκῳ Κυρίου, ἐν αὐλαῖς οἴκου Θεοῦ ἡμῶν.
3 αἰνεῖτε τὸν Κύριον, ὅτι ἀγαθὸς Κύριος· ψάλατε τῷ ὀνόματι αὐτοῦ, ὅτι καλόν·
4 ὅτι τὸν Ἰακὼβ ἐξελέξατο ἑαυτῷ ὁ Κύριος, Ἰσραὴλ εἰς περιουσιασμὸν ἑαυτῷ.
5 ὅτι ἐγὼ ἔγνωκα ὅτι μέγας ὁ Κύριος, καὶ ὁ Κύριος ἡμῶν παρὰ πάντας τοὺς θεούς.
6 πάντα, ὅσα ἠθέλησεν ὁ Κύριος ἐποίησεν ἐν τῷ οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐν τῇ γῇ, ἐν ταῖς θαλάσσαις καὶ ἐν πάσαις ταῖς ἀβύσσοις·
7 ἀνάγων νεφέλας ἐξ ἐσχάτου τῆς γῆς, ἀστραπὰς εἰς ὑετὸν ἐποίησεν· ὁ ἐξάγων ἀνέμους ἐκ θησαυρῶν αὐτοῦ,
8 ὃς ἐπάταξε τὰ πρωτότοκα Αἰγύπτου ἀπὸ ἀνθρώπου ἕως κτήνους.
9 ἐξαπέστειλε σημεῖα καὶ τέρατα ἐν μέσῳ σου, Αἴγυπτε, ἐν Φαραὼ καὶ ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς δούλοις αὐτοῦ.
10 ὃς ἐπάταξεν ἔθνη πολλὰ καὶ ἀπέκτεινε βασιλεῖς κραταιούς.
11 τὸν Σηὼν βασιλέα τῶν Ἀμορραίων καὶ τὸν Ὢγ βασιλέα τῆς Βασὰν καὶ πάσας τὰς βασιλείας Χαναάν,
12 καὶ ἔδωκε τὴν γῆν αὐτῶν κληρονομίαν, κληρονομίαν Ἰσραὴλ λαῷ αὐτοῦ.
13 Κύριε, τὸ ὄνομά σου εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα καὶ τὸ μνημόσυνόν σου εἰς γενεὰν καὶ γενεάν.
14 ὅτι κρινεῖ Κύριος τὸν λαὸν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐπὶ τοῖς δούλοις αὐτοῦ παρακληθήσεται.
15 τὰ εἴδωλα τῶν ἐθνῶν ἀργύριον καὶ χρυσίον, ἔργα χειρῶν ἀνθρώπων·
16 στόμα ἔχουσι καὶ οὐ λαλήσουσιν, ὀφθαλμοὺς ἔχουσι καὶ οὐκ ὄψονται,
17 ὦτα ἔχουσι καὶ οὐκ ἐνωτισθήσονται, οὐδὲ γάρ ἐστι πνεῦμα ἐν τῷ στόματι αὐτῶν.
18 ὅμοιοι αὐτοῖς γένοιντο οἱ ποιοῦντες αὐτὰ καὶ πάντες οἱ πεποιθότες ἐπ᾿ αὐτοῖς.
19 οἶκος Ἰσραήλ, εὐλογήσατε τὸν Κύριον· οἶκος Ἀαρών, εὐλογήσατε τὸν Κύριον.
20 οἶκος Λευΐ, εὐλογήσατε τὸν Κύριον· οἱ φοβούμενοι τὸν Κύριον, εὐλογήσατε τὸν Κύριον,
21 εὐλογητὸς Κύριος ἐκ Σιών, ὁ κατοικῶν Ἱερουσαλήμ.

Text provided from Psalm 134: Greek Wikisource

Latin text from the Vulgate[edit]

Sixto-Clementine Vulgate text (1592 CE) translated from the Septuagint:

1 Alleluja. Laudate nomen Domini ; laudate, servi, Dominum :

2 qui statis in domo Domini, in atriis domus Dei nostri.
3 Laudate Dominum, quia bonus Dominus ; psallite nomini ejus, quoniam suave.
4 Quoniam Jacob elegit sibi Dominus ; Israël in possessionem sibi.
5 Quia ego cognovi quod magnus est Dominus, et Deus noster præ omnibus diis.
6 Omnia quæcumque voluit Dominus fecit, in cælo, in terra, in mari et in omnibus abyssis.
7 Educens nubes ab extremo terræ, fulgura in pluviam fecit ; qui producit ventos de thesauris suis.
8 Qui percussit primogenita Ægypti, ab homine usque ad pecus.
9 Et misit signa et prodigia in medio tui, Ægypte : in Pharaonem, et in omnes servos ejus.
10 Qui percussit gentes multas, et occidit reges fortes :
11 Sehon, regem Amorrhæorum, et Og, regem Basan, et omnia regna Chanaan :
12 et dedit terram eorum hæreditatem, hæreditatem Israël populo suo.
13 Domine, nomen tuum in æternum ; Domine, memoriale tuum in generationem et generationem.
14 Quia judicabit Dominus populum suum, et in servis suis deprecabitur.
15 Simulacra gentium argentum et aurum, opera manuum hominum.
16 Os habent, et non loquentur ; oculos habent, et non videbunt.
17 Aures habent, et non audient ; neque enim est spiritus in ore ipsorum.
18 Similes illis fiant qui faciunt ea, et omnes qui confidunt in eis.
19 Domus Israël, benedicite Domino ; domus Aaron, benedicite Domino.
20 Domus Levi, benedicite Domino ; qui timetis Dominum, benedicite Domino.
21 Benedictus Dominus ex Sion, qui habitat in Jerusalem.

Text from: VulSearch & the Clementine Vulgate project: Liber Psalmorum

English text from the King James Version[edit]

Authorized King James Version text, Oxford Standard Text (1796 CE) translated from Masoretic Text with some use of the Septuagint:

1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD.

2 Ye that 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 praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.
4 For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.
5 For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.
6 Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.
7 He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.
8 Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast.
9 Who sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants.
10 Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings;
11 Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan:
12 And gave their land for an heritage, an heritage unto Israel his people.
13 Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations.
14 For the LORD will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants.
15 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
16 They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;
17 They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.
18 They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.
19 Bless the LORD, O house of Israel: bless the LORD, O house of Aaron:
20 Bless the LORD, O house of Levi: ye that fear the LORD, bless the LORD.
21 Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.

Text from: 1769 Authorized King James Version, The Oxford Standard Text: Wikisource

Uses[edit]

Judaism[edit]

Eastern Orthodox Church[edit]

  • Along with Psalm 136 (LXX numbers as 134 & 135 respectively) is called the Polyeleos or translated to "Many Mercies", named such after the refrain used "for His mercy endures forever". The Polyeleos is sung at Orthros (Matins) of a Feast Day and at Vigils. In some Slavic traditions and on Mt. Athos it is read every Sunday at Orthros.
  • On Mt. Athos it is considered one of the most joyful periods of Matins-Liturgy, and the highest point of Matins. In Athonite practice, all the candles are lit, and the chandeliers are made to swing as the Psalms are sung, it is also accompanied by a joyful peal of the bells and censing of the church, sometimes with a hand censer which has many bells on it.
  • At vigils, it accompanies the opening of the Royal Doors and a great censing of the nave by the Priest(s) or Deacon(s).

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur pages 382
  2. ^ The Artscroll Tehillim page 329
  3. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur pages 64-66
  4. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur pages 74, 264