Prayer of Manasses 1

1 O Lord Almighty, that are in heaven, you God of our fathers, of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and of their righteous seed;

2 who have made heaven and earth, with all theornament thereof;

3 who have bound the sea by the word of your commandment; who have shut up the deep, and sealed it by your terrible and glorious name;

4 whom all things fear, yes, tremble before your power;

5 for the majesty of your glory can’t be borne, and the anger of your threatening toward sinners is importable:

6 your merciful promise is unmeasurable and unsearchable;

7 for you are the Lord Most High, of great compassion, longsuffering and abundant in mercy, and repentof bringing evils upon men.

8 You, O Lord, according to your great goodness have promised repentance and forgiveness to them that have sinned against you: and of your infinite mercies have appointed repentance to sinners, that they may be saved. You therefore, O Lord, that are the God of the just, have not appointed repentance to the just, to Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, which have not sinned against you; but you have appointed repentance to me that am a sinner:

9 for I have sinned above the number of the sands of the sea. My transgressions are multiplied,O Lord: my transgressions are multiplied, and I am not worthy to behold and see the height of heaven for the multitude of mine iniquities.

10 I am bowed down with many iron bands, that I can’t lift up mine headby reason of my sins, neither have I any respite: for I have provoked your wrath, and done that which is evil before you:I did not your will, neither kept I your commandments: I have set up abominations, and have multiplieddetestable things.

11 Now therefore I bow the knee of mine heart, beseeching you of grace.

12 I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, and I acknowledge mine iniquities:

13 but, I humbly beseech you, forgive me, O Lord, forgive me, and destroy me not with mine iniquities. Be not angry with me for ever, by reserving evil for me; neither condemn me into the lower parts of the earth. For you,O Lord, are the God of them that repent;

14 and in me you will show all your goodness: for you will save me, that am unworthy, according to your great mercy.

15 And I will praise the for ever all the days of my life: for all the host of heaven does sing your praise, and your is the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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