The Prayer of Manasseh, or, The Prayer of Manasses King of Judah


{1:1} O Lord, Almighty God of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob, and of their righteous seed;
{1:2} who hast made heaven and
earth, with all the ornament thereof;
{1:3} 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;
{1:4} 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:
{1:5} but thy
merciful promise is unmeasurable and unsearchable;
{1:6} for thou art
the most high Lord, of great compassion, longsuffering, very merciful,
and repentest of the evils of men. Thou, O Lord, according to thy great
goodness hast promised repentance and forgiveness to them that have
sinned against thee: and of thine infinite mercies hast appointed
repentance unto sinners, that they may be saved.
{1:7} Thou therefore,
O Lord, that art the God of the just, hast not appointed repentance to
the just, as to Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, which have not sinned
against thee; but thou hast appointed repentance unto me that am a
sinner:
{1:8} for I have sinned above the number of the sands of the
sea. My transgressions, O Lord, are multiplied: my transgressions are
multiplied, and I am not worthy to behold and see the height of heaven
for the multitude of mine iniquities.
{1:9} 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, and
have multiplied offences.
{1:10} Now therefore I bow the knee of mine
heart, beseeching thee of grace.
{1:11} I have sinned, O Lord, I have
sinned, and I acknowledge mine iniquities:
{1:12} wherefore, I humbly
beseech thee, forgive me, O Lord, forgive me, and destroy me not with
mine iniquites. Be not angry with me for ever, by reserving evil for
me; neither condemn me to the lower parts of the earth. For thou art
the God, even the God of them that repent;
{1:13} and in me thou wilt
shew all thy goodness: for thou wilt save me, that am unworthy,
according to thy great mercy.
{1:14} 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.