The Prayer of Manasses
king of Juda, when he was holden captive in Babylon
O' Lord Almighty, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob, and of that righteous seed of them: which hast made heaven
and earth, with all the ornament thereof, which hast ordained the
sea by the word of thy commandment: which hast shut up the deep, and
hast sealed it for thy fearful and *laudable name, which all men
fear, and tremble before the face of thy virtue, and for the anger
of thy threatening the which is *importable to sinners.
But the mercy of thy promise is great and unsearchable: for
thou art the Lord God most high, above all the earth, longsuffering,
and exceedingly merciful, and repentant for the malice of men.
Thou Lord after thy goodness hast promised repentance of the
remission of sins: and thou that art the God of the righteous hast
not put repentance to the righteous, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, unto
them that have not sinned against thee: But because I have sinned
above the number of the sands of the sea, and that mine iniquities
are multiplied, I am humbled with many bands of iron, and there is
in me no breathing.
I have provoked thine Anger, and done evil before thee, in
committing abominations and multiplying offenses. And now I bow the
knees of my heart, *requiting goodness of thee O' Lord. I have
sinned Lord, I have sinned, and know my iniquity. I desire thee by
prayer, O' Lord forgive me: forgive me and destroy me not with mine
iniquities, neither do thou always remember mine evils to punish
them, but save me ( which am unworthy ) after thy great mercy: and I
will praise thee everlastingly, all the days of my life for all the
virtue of heaven praiseth thee, and unto thee belongeth the glory,
world without end. Amen.
This ends The Prayer of Manasses
honorable) *importable (imported, significant upon )
*requiting (to return for)