PrMan 1 O Lord, Almighty God of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
and of their righteous seed; who hast made heaven and 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, 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.
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: 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. I am bowed down with many iron bands, that
I cannot life 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.
Now therefore I bow the knee of mine heart, beseeching thee of grace. I
have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, and I acknowledge mine iniquities:
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; 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.