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THE
PRAYER OF MANASSES
KING OF JUDA
WHEN HE WAS HOLDEN CAPTIVE IN BABYLON

LORD, Almighty God of our fathers,
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of their righteous seed; who hast made heaven an d earth,
with all the ornament thereof; who hast bound the sea by the word of thy commandment; who hast
shut up the deep, and sealed it by thy terrible and glorious name; whom all men fear,
and tremble before thy power; for the majesty of thy glory cannot be borne, and
thine angry threatening toward sinners is importable: but thy merciful promise is
unmeasurable and unsearchable; for thou art the most high Lord, of great compassion,
long­ suffering, very merciful, and repentest of Lhe ev ils of men. Thou,0 Lord, according
to thy great goodness hast promised re­ pentance and forgiveness to them that have
»Inned against thee: and of thine infinite mercies hast appointed repentance unto
, Inners, that they may be saved. Thou there­ fore,0 Lord, that art the God of the just, hast
not appointed repentance to the just,
11 to Abraham,and Isaac, and Jacob, which hnve no t sinned against thee; but thou hast ppointed
repentance unto me that am a Inner: for I have sinned above the number of the sands of the
sea. My transgressions.

0 Lord, are multiplied: my transgressions are multiplied, and I am not worthy to be­ hold and
see the height of heaven for the multitude of mine iniquities. I am bowed down with many iron
bands, that I cannot lift up mine head, neither have any release: for I have provoked thy
wrath, and done evil before thee: I did not thy will, neither kept I thy commandments: I
have set up abominations, andhavemultiplied offences. Now therefore I bow the knee of mine
heart, beseeching thee of grace. I have sinned, 0 Lord, I have sinned, and I ac­
knowledge mine iniquities: wherefore, I humbly beseech thee, forgive me, 0 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 thou art the God, even the
God of them that repent; and in me thou wilt shew all thy goodness: for thou wilt
save me, that am unworthy, according to thy great mercy. Therefore I will praise
thee for ever all the days of my life: for all the powers of the heavens do praise
thee, and thine is the glory for ever and ever. Amen.