Arabic Psalmody

The Polyeleos (Psalm 134-135) is sung on Sundays and great feasts in the Orthodox Church.

Listen to the same Psalm in Greek: Ἐξομολογεῖσθε τῷ Κυρίῳ, ὅτι ἀγαθός, Ἀλληλούϊα. Ὅτι εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ, Ἀλληλούϊα! Listen…

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

O give thanks unto the God of gods; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

O give thanks unto the Lord of lords; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

To Him Who alone hath wrought great wonders; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

To Him that made the heavens with understanding; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

To Him that established the earth upon the waters; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

To Him Who alone hath made great lights; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

The sun for dominion of the day; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

The moon and the stars for dominion of the night; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

To Him that smote Egypt with their firstborn; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

And led forth Israel out of the midst of them; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

With a strong hand and a lofty arm; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

To Him that divided the Red Sea into parts; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

And led Israel through the midst thereof; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

And overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

To Him that led His people through the wilderness; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

To Him that smote great kings; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

And slew mighty kings; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

Seon, king of the Amorites; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

And Og, king of the land of Basan; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

And gave their land for an inheritance; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

An inheritance for Israel His servant; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

For in our humiliation the Lord remembered us; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

And redeemed us from our enemies; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

He that giveth food to all flesh; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

O give thanks unto the God of heaven; for His mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia!

Author: Father Silouan Thompson

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  1. Wow ! I don’t know the language, but I agree with Ron. Almost makes me want to learn the language just to join in.

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  2. This was certainly worth hearing. Thank you for posting it. (You should tag it “worship.” It would be easier to find.)

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  3. Beautiful! Is there anyone who has the text in arabic, though not written in the arabic alphabet but in the roman one so that I can follow and appreciate even more the chant?
    Thanks

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  4. Sellam alejkum,Very nice ,beatiful, i want arabic text but written on roman alphabet,
    shukran
    thanks :)

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  5. Through the miracle of time travel, comments were posted here six years ago! (Reposting this piece today in 2016 :-) )

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