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A Prayer of Penitence

15 uLook down from heaven,

And see vfrom Your habitation, holy and glorious.

Where are Your zeal and Your strength,

The yearning wof Your heart and Your mercies toward me?

Are they restrained?

16 xDoubtless You are our Father,

Though Abraham ywas ignorant of us,

And Israel does not acknowledge us.

You, O Lord, are our Father;

Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.

17 O Lord, why have You zmade us stray from Your ways,

And hardened our heart from Your fear?

Return for Your servants’ sake,

The tribes of Your inheritance.

18 aYour holy people have possessed it but a little while;

bOur adversaries have trodden down Your sanctuary.

19 We have become like those of old, over whom You never ruled,

Those who were never called by Your name.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


New King James Version
Copyright 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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