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A Prayer for God’s People

36 Have mercy upon us, O Goda of all,

2 and put all the nations in fear of you.

3 Lift up your hand against foreign nations

and let them see your might.

4 As you have used us to show your holiness to them,

so use them to show your glory to us.

5 Then they will know,b as we have known,

that there is no God but you, O Lord.

6 Give new signs, and work other wonders;

7 make your hand and right arm glorious.

8 Rouse your anger and pour out your wrath;

9 destroy the adversary and wipe out the enemy.

10 Hasten the day, and remember the appointed time,c

and let people recount your mighty deeds.

11 Let survivors be consumed in the fiery wrath,

and may those who harm your people meet destruction.

12 Crush the heads of hostile rulers

who say, “There is no one but ourselves.”

13 Gather all the tribes of Jacob,d

16 and give them their inheritance, as at the beginning.

17 Have mercy, O Lord, on the people called by your name,

on Israel, whom you have namede your firstborn,

18 Have pity on the city of your sanctuary,f

Jerusalem, the place of your dwelling.g

19 Fill Zion with your majesty,h

and your templei with your glory.

20 Bear witness to those whom you created in the beginning,

and fulfill the prophecies spoken in your name.

21 Reward those who wait for you

and let your prophets be found trustworthy.

22 Hear, O Lord, the prayer of your servants, according to your goodwill towardj your people,

and all who are on the earth will know

that you are the Lord, the God of the ages.


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The original Revised Standard Version served as a standard for nearly forty years. The New Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha maintains the traditions of the older version with fresh new vocabulary and modern English construction.


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