LXX Psalm 6

Greek TextFor the end, with hymns, for the eighth. A Psalm of David.

Lord, don’t correct me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. Have mercy on me, Lord, because I am weak. Heal me, Lord, because my bones have been shaken. My soul has been fiercly shaken.

And as for you, Lord, how long?

Turn, Lord! Save my life! Spare me on account of your mercy because in death there is no one who mentions you. In Hades who will acknowledge you?

I have grown tired in my groaning. I wash my bed every night; with my tears I soak my sheets. My sight has been distorted from anger. I have wasted away in the midst of my enemies.1Get away from me, all you who live lawlessly, because the Lord heard the sound of my weeping! The Lord heard my request. The Lord accepted my prayer. May all my enemies be utterly ashamed and distressed. May they quickly be abandoned and disgraced!

  1. I’m taking the aorist indicatives in this psalm as expressions of a present condition resulting from a past action (Smyth §1940) and the future indicatives as gnomic/customary futures (Smyth §1914). ↩︎

LXX Psalm 5

Greek Text

For the end, for the heir. A song of David.

Listen to my words, Lord! Take notice of my cry! Pay attention to sound of my request, my king and my God! Because to you I will pray, Lord. In the morning you will hear my voice; in the morning I will present myself to you, and I will watch.

You are not a God who desires lawlessness, and the one who lives wickedly will not live close to you. The violent will not stand firm before your eyes; you hate all those who live lawlessly. You will destroy all those who lie. The Lord detests a man of bloodshed and deception.

But I, in light of the multitude of your mercy, will enter your house. I will worship toward your holy temple in fear of you. Lord, lead me by your justice on account of my enemies; make your way clear before me because truth is not in their mouths. Their hearts are foolish. Their throats are open graves. With their tongues they deceive. Judge them, God! May they fall away from their schemes. According to the multitude of their ungodliness, drive them away because they provoked you, Lord.

Let all those who hope in you be glad. They will rejoice forever. You will encamp among them, and all those who love your name will boast in you because you will bless justly. Lord, like a shield surround us with your favor.

LXX Psalm 4

Greek Text

For the end. With instrumental music. A song of David.

When I called, the God of my justice heard me. In difficult places you made room for me. Have compassion on me and hear my prayer! Oh people, how long will you be hard-hearted? Why do you love what is worthless and seek a lie?

Know also that the Lord has magnified his holy one. The Lord will hear me when I have cried to him. Be angry and do not sin. Speak without words, and on your beds be disturbed.

Offer a proper sacrifice, and hope in the Lord. Many are saying,

Who will show us good things?

The light of your face was a mark upon us, Lord. You placed gladness in my heart. From the time of their wheat and wine and oil, they increased.

In peace I will both lie down and sleep because you only, Lord, make me live in hope.

LXX Psalm 3

Greek Text

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

Lord, why were there so many of those who oppress me? Many rise up agaisnt me! Many say to me,

There is no salvation for him in his God.

But you, Lord, are the one who helps me — my glory and the one who lifts my head. With my voice I cried out to the Lord, and he heard me from his holy mountain.

I lay down and I slept. I rose because the Lord will help me. I will not fear the innumerable people who band together all around me.

Rise, Lord! Save me, my God, because you struck those who hate me for no reason. You shatterd the teeth of sinners.

Salvation belongs to the Lord, and upon his people is his blessing.

LXX Psalm 2

Greek Text

Why were the nations arrogant, and why did the peoples plot vainly? The kings of the earth stood side by side; the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and his anointed one.

Let’s break off their bonds, and let’s cast off their yolk.

The one who dwells in heaven will laugh out loud at them; the Lord will mock them. At that time he will speak to them in his wrath. In his anger he will set them on edge.

I was appointed king by him, on Zion, his holy mountain.

Proclaiming the declaration of the Lord,

The Lord said to me, “You are my son. Today I have begotten you. Ask me, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance. The ends of the earth will be your possession. You will shepherd them with a rod of iron. Like a potter’s vessel you will shatter them.”

And now, kings, listen. Take note, all those who judge the earth. Serve the Lord in fear. Rejoice over him with trembling. Cling to instruction lest the Lord become angry and you perish from the right way.

Whevever his anger is suddenly kindled, blessed are those who trust in him.

LXX Psalm 1

Greek Text

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly. He does not stand in the way of sinners, and he does not sit upon the seat of corrupt men.

No, his desire is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he will meditate day and night.

He will be like a tree planted by streams of water — a tree that will produce its fruit in its season, and its leaves will not fall away. Whatever he does will be successful.

Not so for the ungodly, not so.

No, they will be like dust that the wind drives away from the face of the land. Therefore the ungodly will not stand acquitted in the judgment, nor sinners in the council of the righteous.

Because the Lord knows the way of the righteous, and the way of the ungodly will perish.