Sunday, November 30, 2008

"First Person" Version, Daniel 9

"Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.
And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, 'O Lord, great and awesome God; who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, I have sinned and committed iniquity, I have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. Neither have I heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to my kings and my princes, to my fathers and all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to me shame of face, as it is this day--to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to which You have driven us, because of the unfaithfulness which we have committed against You. O Lord, to me belongs shame of face, to my kings, my princes, and my fathers, because I have sinned against You. To the Lord my God belong mercy and forgiveness, though I have rebelled against You. I have not obeyed the voice of the Lord my God, to walk in His laws, which You set before me by Your servants the prophets. Yes, I have departed Your law, and have departed so as not to obey Your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on me because I have sinned against You. And You have confirmed Your words, which You spoke against me and against the judges who judged me, bringing upon me a great disaster; for under the whole heaven such has never been done as what has been done to Jerusalem. As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon me; yet I have not made my prayer before the Lord my God, that I might turn from my iniquities and understand Your truth. Therefore the Lord has kept the disaster in mind, and brought it upon me; for the Lord my God is righteous in all the works which He does, though I have not obeyed His voice. And now, O Lord my God, who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and made Yourself a name, as it is this day--I have sinned, I have done wickedly! O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because of my sins, and for the iniquities of my fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all those around me. Now therefore, my God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and my supplications, and for the Lord's sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate. O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolation's, and the city which is called by Your name; for I do not present my supplications before You because of my righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name."

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