PROPITIATORY PRAYERS FOR THE FIRST DAY.
The Propitiatory Prayers are commenced on the Sunday before Rosh Hashana, except when the Festival occurs on Monday or Tuesday when they begin instead on Sunday one week prior to the festival.
These Prayers are said at an early hour before the Morning Service.
The following Prayers, till “ it is great,”, are said every day before the Propitiatory Prayers, until the morning before the Day of Atonement.
“Happy are they who dwell in Your house: they will be continually praise You. Forever. Happy the people who are thus favored. Happy the people whose God is the Lord.”
David’s Psalm of Praise. — I will extol You, my God! King ! and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day will I bless You, and praise Your name forever and ever. The Lord is great and exalted in praise, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honor of Your majesty, and descant on Your wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of Your tremendous acts, and I too will declare Your greatness. The memorial of Your abundant goodness they shall constantly utter, and shall sing of Your righteousness. The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, long-suffering, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all and his mercies are over all his works. All Your works shall praise You, O Lord ! and Your pious servants shall bless You. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power.—To make known his mighty acts to the sons of men, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.—Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and Your dominion subsists throughout all generations. The Lord upholds all who fall and raises up all those who are bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living being. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and beneficent in all his works. The Lord is near unto all those who call upon him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him: He will hear their cry and save them. The Lord preserves all those who love Him, but He will destroy all the wicked. My mouth shall utter the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever. “ And we will bless the Lord henceforth forever. Hallelujah.”
“ And now, I beseech You, let the greatness of the power of the Lord be made manifest, as You have spoken, saying,” “ O Lord! remember Your tender mercies, and Your loving-kindness, for they have been of old.”
May his great name be exalted, and sanctified throughout the world, which He has created according to his will. May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime, (holy Congregation) and in your days, and in the lifetime of the whole house of Israel: speedily, and in a short time; and say, Amen.
May his great name be blessed, and glorified forever and ever, and may his hallowed name be praised, glorified, exalted, magnified, honored, and most excellently adored: blessed is He, far exceeding all blessings, hymns, praises, and comforts, that can be used in the world! ana say, Amen.
PROPITIATORY PRAYERS FOR THE FIRST DAY.
O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but unto us confusion of faces. What shall we plead? what shall we say? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to You, for Your right hand is stretched out to receive the penitent. Not with virtue, nor with deeds, do we appear before You, but like the poor and reduced we knock at Your gate. We knock at Your gate, O merciful and gracious God, we beseech You do not send us back empty from Your presence. From Your presence, King, send us not back empty, for You hear prayer.
“O You who hears prayer, before You all flesh shall come; all flesh come to worship before You, O Eternal They shall come and prostrate themselves before You, O Lord ! and glorify Your name. Come, let us bow down, bend the knee, and prostrate ourselves before the Eternal, our Creator. Let us enter his tabernacles, prostrate ourselves at his footstool. Enter you his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name. In the greatness of Your benevolence will we enter Your house: in reverence will we bow down towards the temple of Your holiness. Behold, bless You the Lord, all You servants of the Lord, who nightly stand in the house of the Lord. lift up your hands towards the sanctuary and bless the Lord. Extol You the Eternal, our God! and bow down at his footstool, for holy is He. Extol You the Lord, our God, and worship at his holy mount; for the Lord our God is holy. Worship in the beauty of holiness; tremble before him all earth. We will bow down towards the temple of Your holiness, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and truth; for You have magnified Your word and name above all. O Lord God of Hosts! who is powerful like You, O Lord? You faithful, fulness is round about You. For who in the sky can be compared unto the Lord? who can be likened unto the Lord, among the sons of the mighty? For You are great and workest wondrous things: You alone are God. For great even unto the heavens is Your kindness, and even unto the skies extendeth Your truth. The Lord is great and exalted in praise, and his greatness is unsearchable. The Lord is great, and exalted in praise; tremendous is He above all gods. For the Eternal is a great God, and a mighty King; He is great above all gods. For what god is there in heaven or on earth that can do anything like Your works, and like Your mighty acts? Who would not fear You, King of the nations? for it appertaineth unto You; because among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, they say there is none like You. There is none like unto You, Lord! You alone are great, and Your name is great in might. Yours is the powerful arm, with power, valor and might, strong is Your hand, and exalted is Your right hand. Yours is the day, and Yours the night; You have prepared light and the sun. In whose hands are the depths of the earth: the summits of the mountains are his also. Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can proclaim all his praise?
Blessed are the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, Lord, in the light of Your countenance. With trumpets, and sound of the cornet, make a joyful noise before the Lord the King.
Yours, O Lord ! is the greatness, power, glory, victory, and majesty, and all that is in heaven and in the earth. Yours, O Lord! is the sovereignty, and You are exalted Supreme above all. Yours are the heavens, also Yours is the earth; You have founded the earth and the fulness thereof. You have fixed the boundaries of the earth; summer and winter, You have formed them. You broke in pieces the heads of Leviathan and gave them as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness. You cleaved the fountain and the brook; You dried up the mighty rivers. By Your strength, You divide the sea and broke the heads of the sea monsters in the waters. You rule the raging sea; when the waves thereof arise, You still them. The Lord is great and exceedingly praised in the city of our God, and on his holy mount. O Eternal God of Hosts, who dwelleth between the cherubims, You alone are God. God is greatly reverenced in the counsel of the holy ones, and feared by all that are about him. The heavens praise Your wonders, O Lord ! also Your faithfulness in the congregation of holy ones, come let us sing unto the Lord; let us shout joyfully unto the Rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving, and joyfully sing hymns to him. Righteousness and justice are the basis of Your throne; mercy and truth precede Your presence. Let us together take sweet counsel, and walk in company to the house of God; whose is the sea, for He made it, and his hands formed the dry land; in whose hand is the soul of every living creature, and the spirit of the bodies of all mankind. The soul is Yours, and the body is Your work; have compassion on Your labor. The soul is Yours, and the body is Yours. Lord? grant our request, for Your name’s sake. We come depending on Your name: Lord! grant our request for the sake of Your name; even for the sake of the glorification of Your name: for the merciful and gracious God is Your name. For the sake of Your name, Lord! pardon our iniquity, for it is great.
Pardon us, our Father! for in the greatness of our folly, we have gone astray. Forgive us, our King! for our iniquities are numerous. How shall we open our lips before You, who dwells in heaven, and how, in these days, pour forth our prayers, seeing that we spurned Your straight and salutary paths, adhered to abominations and infamous deeds; we indulged in false and seductive illusions, being stiffnecked and brazen-faced. On our account, Your wrath kindled at those dwellings of peace, (the holy temples), that the fragrant incense ceased, that anointed priests, who knew the value of the offerings, had to stray and wander. How often did You admonish us through faithful messengers, but we inclined not our ears unto their teachings and exhortations. Since then we have been dispersed, slain, and slaughtered, and butchered, and but a scanty remnant is left among the nations. We have long pined for liberty, while the oppressors of Your people, who bow them down, prosper early and late, though they rise and blaspheme You, asking us, “You crushed ones, in whom do You trust?” You, who dwells everlastingly in holy spheres, behold our humiliation, who sigh and in brotherly union put our trust in You; let us be saved forever, by Your wondrous right hand, for we confide in Your abundant mercy. For we confide in Your abundant mercies, and we lean upon Your righteousness; we look to Your forgiveness, and hope in Your salvation. You are the King, whoever loves righteousness, who remittest the iniquities of Your people and removes the sin of those who revere You. You made a covenant with the ancient patriarchs, and You performed Your oath to their posterity. You are He who descended on Mount Sinai, in Your cloud of glory, and You showed Your ways of goodness unto Your servant Moses: The attributes of Your mercy You reveal unto him, and You did make him know that You are omnipotent, gracious, long-suffering, and plenteous in beneficence; diffusing good abundantly. You still guide the whole world with Your attribute of mercy; for it is written, “And He said, I will make all my goodness pass before You and will proclaim the name of the Eternal before you I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and show mercy to whom I will show mercy.”
Omnipotent! You are long-suffering, and are called the Lord of mercy; and therefore have You taught us the way of repentance; O remember the greatness of Your mercy and kindness to the offspring of Your beloved, on this, and every other day, regard us with mercy, for You are the Lord of compassion. With prayer and supplication, we approach Your presence, as You made known of old to Moses the meek, turn from Your fierce anger, as it is written in Your law, may we be shielded and lodged in the shadow of Your wings, as on the day when You, Eternal, descended in a cloud, pass by our transgression, and blot out our guilt, as on the day when You stood there with Moses, on Mount Sinai. hearken to our cry, and accept our prayer, as on the day when You proclaimed the name Eternal! and there it is said,
“And the Eternal passed by before Moses and proclaimed: The Eternal is the immutable eternal being, an omnipotent God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in beneficence and truth; keeping mercy unto thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, and acquitting. Pardon You our iniquity and our sin, and take us for Your heritage. Forgive us, our Father! for we have sinned: pardon us, our King ! for we have transgressed. For You, Lord! are good, and ready to pardon, and of abundant mercy unto all those who call on You.”
Lord, hear our voice in the morning; in the morning we direct our prayers unto You, and will lookup. Listen to the voice of our supplication, when we cry unto You when we lift up our bands toward Your holy oracle. Hear, Lord, when we cry with our voice; be gracious unto us, and answer us. Turn us, God of our salvation, and cause Your anger toward us to cease. There is no one that calls upon Your name, that stirs himself up to take hold of You. Hear our prayer, O Lord! and give ear unto our cry; hold not Your peace at our tears. Like a father has compassion on his children, so have You compassion on us, Lord! Salvation belongeth unto the Eternal! Your blessing be upon Your people. Forever! The Lord of Hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge, Forever! Lord of Hosts! happy is the man that trusts in You. Save us, Eternal! Let the King hear us when we call.
“Pardon, I beseech You, the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of Your beneficence, and as You have been indulgent to this people from Egypt even until now : (as it is said), And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to Your word.”
My God ! incline Your ear and hear, open Your eyes and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not presume to present our supplications before You on account of our righteousness but in reliance on Your abundant mercy. Lord! hear: Lord! pardon: Lord! be graciously attentive, grant our request: delay not for Your own sake, my God! Your city and Your people are called by Your name.
Our God and the God of our fathers. No one calleth upon You with true devotion, the best of us resembles a brier; there is no one found to pray for mercy on behalf of the crushed in spirit. The perfect and pure man ceases, the godly man faileth, and the righteous is trodden down, and so a forsaken generation is visited with punishment for their sins, there being no one to reprimand them. By our continued transgressions we have kindled the wrath of those who, as inmates of his house, formerly interceded for us, who is there great or small that is able to prepare confession and prayer to the Most Holy? In dread and fear I address my prayer on behalf of the congregation to him, who searches and investigate the heart; for how shall I find favor with my supplication, being deficient in virtue and abounding in sin? You, who in Your generosity, are kind unto those who call upon You, who bearest their burden and sustainest them, extend Your precious mercy also unto me, and in Your love deign to listen to my voice! Regard me as one adorned with good qualities and proficient in prayer, like an aged and expert man, not like an unskilled one, and let me not be confounded before You on account of my insignificance, and, mindful of Your mercy, deny me not Your aid. Numerous are our wants, and our shortsightedness and deep affliction prevent us from telling them; but You, who has formed this clay, knows them all, our guide, our shepherd, our shelter and protector. Lonely we stand like a beacon on the mountain; into an offscouring and refuse You have converted our glory; answer us and grant us our sustenance in our servitude, and gather our lost ones to add them to the number of Your friends, afford Your shelter to those whom You did visit with Your chastisement, the scattered and dispersed and mixed among the nations, protect them in the tabernacle from strife and judgments, and let them behold Your glory. O You, whose potent voice divides the flames of Are, who determines weal and woe, Your beloved ones knock at Your gates with sorrowful voice, accept their devotedness, and appear among them. Fasting, and humble of heart, they bow unto You; shield them from the outbreaking of Your wrath, they ask with a soft voice and move but their lips, yet do not You withhold their desire. Let Your name, O living God, be glorified, and grant us everlasting life; O You, who are the source of life; look down upon us, answer us, and enlighten our eyes, and take us for Your heritage. Forgive us, our Father for we have sinned: pardon us, our King! for we have transgressed. For You, Lord! are good, and ready to pardon, and of abundant mercy unto all those who call on You.”
Omnipotent King, who sits on the throne of mercy governing with beneficence; pardoning the iniquities of his people, by causing them to pass away in due order; extending pardon unto sinners, and forgiveness unto transgressors; acting charitably towards all flesh and spirit, not retributing them according to their wickedness. O Omnipotent! You have taught us to repeat the thirteen attributes of Your mercy. Remember unto us, I beseech You I this day, the covenant of the thirteen attributes, in like manner as You did reveal of old to the meek (Moses); for thus it is written in Your law, “And the Eternal descended in the cloud, and stood with him there and proclaimed the name of the Eternal.”
“ And the Eternal passed by before him (Moses) and proclaimed: The Eternal is the immutable eternal being; an omnipotent God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering and abundant in beneficence and truth; keeping mercy unto thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, and acquitting. Pardon Lord our iniquity and our sin.
The hope of Israel is the Eternal, the Saviour thereof in time of trouble. Why should You be as a man astonished, as a mighty man that cannot save? Arise for our help, and redeem us for Your mercy’s sake.
Our God and the God of our fathers! If the multitude and greatness of our sins witness against us and raise a thick partition wall between You and us; let not Your compassion cease, but deal with us according to the mercy You have promised. You who do not change, remember Your congregation which You have purchased and favor the remnants of Your appointed firstborn. Once You did grant us to dwell on happy heights, among mighty cliffs and rocks was our seat, when suddenly You did break us in the place of dragons, and now how do we yearn to be brought out into a wealthy place! Alarmed by the many visitations and terrors, my soul, bowed to the dust, desponds, my body is lax and decayed. Awake, hope, wherefore, do You sleep Be pleased to command the prison to be opened, for Your bound ones, abridge the time we have been doomed to suffer, gather the scattered flock, that iniquity may behold it and shut its mouth. Keep Your mercy, as promised by oath, to our three patriarchs.
Bid peace, bless those who are not disgraced, and convert Your anger into favor. Though Jacob be small and feeble, acquainted with disease, despised and rejected, grant You unto him life and mercy, be his shelter and tower of strength, and display now Your wonted power.
May our prayer come before You, and hide not thyself from our supplication. May our prayer come before You unto Your holy temple. Let the sighing of the prisoner coming before You, according to the greatness of Your power”, preserve You those that are appointed to die. Our Lord, we are ashamed of our deeds and confounded by our iniquities.
Our God, and the God of our fathers. May our fervent prayer come before You, and may Your ear be attentive to our supplication; hear O Lord, our pious effusion, attend to our hymns of praise, You who lookest on virtuous deeds, and overlooks what is blamable. We are confounded, and ashamed to raise our heads, for we have lost our good name; we have infringed Your righteous laws, have misinterpreted Holy Writ, and therefore we bend our faces to the ground. On all sides we see trouble and distress, and are like sheep cast adrift without shelter; if we turn to the right, the ax descends on us, and if to the left, we are a prey to the hunter. May Your All-seeing eye be opened to behold our distress and the sufferings inflicted on us, may our lamentation be changed into exultation, and our punishment lead us back to Your straight paths. For our sins we have been given up to captivity and pillage, we, and our kings and our priests to scorn. And the sublime and magnificent sanctuary, once favored by Your mighty throne is now razed to the ground, desolate, and profaned. We did not implore You in time for mercy, did not consider Your truth nor remove the pollution. Therefore, like Sodom, we had well near been consumed, in our enervation, had not Your grace prevailed. You did spare the remnant, did give us firm support and did fence us in, yet we were speedily cast adrift again for the three sins, which You hatest, and You did trample underfoot the splendid temple. For our corrupt dealings against You, for our treacherousness yoke after yoke wounded us; O be mindful of Your assurance, never to abhor us utterly, to gather the scattered, and unite under Your sway. After all that has befallen us, You remainest just, and we alone are to blame, for even this day we stand before You, as of old, unreformed, and full of sin. Grant, in Your mercy, pardon and relief to Your poor people, who are covered with disgrace and infamy, rejected, dispersed, given up to scorn, and sorely tried by captivity and servitude. In Your compassion let us, at length, after our long-suffering, find our salvation in You, even as You have promised, saying: “ I will save them, let them come in droves from afar, those from the north, and those from the south. They are Yours, Your servants and Your people; love Your beloved as in the days of old; draw us near to You, set us down in Your list, all yearn to worship Your name in awe. Let the small increase unto a thousand, and the least grow to a mighty nation within our borders, in all Your righteousness have pity on all of us together, avert Your wrath and comfort us.
Wherever the words (to hearken,), occur at the end of the verses, repeat from “ to hearken,” till “ and unto our supplication.”
On the outgoing of the Sabbath, we first approach You, incline Your ear, O You! who dwells in praises on high, to hearken unto our hymns of praise, and unto our supplication. Raise Your powerful right hand, to do a mighty deed; for the righteous, who was bound, and in whose stead a ram was slain; O shield his posterity, who cry unto You, ere yet the day has dawned. O seek those who seek You, and let them find You in Your heavenly dwellings, and do not close Your ear to their fervent prayer. (Hearken, &e.) They tremble and are filled with dread at Your appearance; they feel the pangs of a woman in travail at Your bit. ning wrath; cleanse them from their stains, that they may extol Your miraculous deeds. (Hearken, &c.) You, who has formed all beings! You did of old, provide a remedy to deliver them from the rigor of Your judgment, and to bestow on them unmerited grace from Your store of blessings, Hearken. If the misdeeds of Your congregation ascend heavenwards, dispense Your heavenly treasures unto-those who approach You to implore Your undeserved pardon, Hearken. Turn, we beseech You, unto our travails, and not unto our sins, justify those, who entreat You, You! worker of miracles, and listen to their supplication; O Lord Zebaoth! (Hearken, &c.) Be pleased graciously to accept their early morning orisons, as if they were burnt offerings, show them Your miracles, O You, who does great things, hearken unto our hymns of praise and unto our supplication. (On the outgoing.)
Appease Your anger and pardon our sins. Lord, remember Your mercy and benevolence, for they have been of old. Remember us, Lord, when You favourest Your people: O visit us with Your salvation. Remember Your congregation which You did acquire of old, which You did redeem as the tribe of Your heritage, this Mount Zion, whereon You have dwelt. Lord, remember the love of Jerusalem, and never forget, the affection of Zion. You will arise, and have mercy on Zion, when the time to favor her, when the appointed time shall come. Remember, O Lord, unto the children of Edom, the day of Jerusalem, who said, Rase it, rase it even to its very foundation. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You did swear by Your own self, and said unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven; and all this land of which I have spoken, will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it forever. Remember Your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and regard not the stubbornness of this people, nor to its wickedness, nor to its sin. O remember unto us the covenant made with our ancestors, as You have promised, “ And I will remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember, and the land will I also remember. O remember unto us the covenant made with the patriarchs, as You have promised, “I will for their sakes remember the covenant with their ancestors, when brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the Lord.” Act by us, as You have assured us, “ And yet for all that, though they be in the land of the enemies, I will not reject them, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them; for I am the Lord their God.” Restore our captivity and compassionate us, as it is written, “ The Lord Your God will restore Your captivity, and have mercy upon You and He will again gather You from all the nations whither the Lord Your God has scattered You.” O gather our dispersed, as it is written, If Your outcasts be at the utmost parts of heaven, from there will the Lord Your God gather You, and from there will He fetch You.” Cause our transgressions to vanish as a cloud, and as a vapor: as You have promised, “ I have made Your transgressions vanish away like a cloud, and Your sins like a vapor: return unto me for I have redeemed You.” Efface our transgressions for Your own sake, as You have promised, “ X, even I, am He who blotteth out Your transgressions for my own sake, and Your sins I will not remember.” O cause our sins to become white as snow and wool: as it is written, “Come now, let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall become white as snow; though they be red as crimson, they shall become like wool.” Sprinkle purifying water upon us, to cleanse us: as it is written, “And I will sprinkle upon you clean water, and You shall be cleansed from all your impurity, and from all your idolatry will I cleanse you.” Have mercy upon us, and destroy us not: as it is written, “For the Lord Your God is a merciful God; He will not forsake You, nor destroy You; and He will not forget the covenant with Your ancestors which He sware unto them.” O circumcise our hearts to love and revere Your name : as it is written, “ The Lord Your God will circumcise Your heart, and the hearts of Your seed, to love the Lord Your God with all Your heart, and with all Your soul, in order that You mayest live.” be You found by us when we seek You ; as it is written, “ But You will seek the Lord Your God from there, and will find him, if You seek him with all Your heart, and with all Your soul.” Lead us unto Your holy mountain, and cause us to rejoice in Your house of prayer: as it is written, “ And I will bring them unto Your holy mountain, and I will make them rejoice in my house of prayer : their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called the house of prayer for all nations.”
Hear our voice, Eternal, our God ! spare and compassionate us, and accept our prayers with favor and mercy. “Turn You us, Eternal towards You, and we shall return; renew our days as of old.”
“Give ear unto our words, Eternal! consider our meditations. May the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart, be acceptable in Your presence, Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer! cast us not out from Your presence, nor take Your holy spirit from us. cast us not off’ in old age: forsake us not when our strength faileth. Forsake us not, Eternal, our God! and bo not far from us. Grant us a token for good, that our enemies may see it, and be ashamed; because You, Lord, has aided and comforted us. For unto You alone, Eternal, we attend: answer us Lord, our God!”
Our God, and the God of our ancestors, may our prayers come before You, and withdraw not thyself from our supplications; for we are not so shameless or so hardened as to declare in Your presence, Eternal, our God and the God of our fathers, that we are righteous, and have not sinned: verily (we confess) we and our fathers have sinned.
We have trespassed, we have dealt treacherously, we have stolen, we have spoken slander, we have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, we have acted presumptuously, we have committed violence, we have framed falsehood, we have counseled evil, we have uttered lies, we have scorned, we have rebelled, we have blasphemed, we have revolted, we have acted perversely, we have transgressed, we have oppressed, we have been stiffnecked, we have acted wickedly, we have corrupted, we have done abominably, we have gone astray and have caused others to err; we have turned aside from Your excellent precepts and institutions, and which has not profited us: but You are just concerning all that is come upon us; for You have dealt most truly, but we have done wickedly.
We are more guilty than any other people, more ashamed than any other generation. Our mirth is gone from us, our hearts are faint because of our sins; the place of our desire is devastated; our ornament is dashed to pieces; our holy temple is destroyed through our iniquities; our palaces have become a desolation; our beautiful land belongeth to strangers, our strength to others. Yet, still we have not returned from our error, and how shall we now be so presumptuous and so insolent as to say before You, Lord, our God, and God of our ancestors, that we are righteous and have not sinned: verily (we confess) we and our fathers have sinned.
Before our eyes has our substance been plundered, torn, and stripped from us; they put their yoke upon us, and we had to bear it on our shoulders; slaves ruled over us, and no one delivered us from their hands; many troubles compass us about, we called upon You, Lord, our God, but You wast far from us because of our iniquities: we turned from You, went astray and perished. Yet, still we have not returned from our error, and how shall we now be so presumptuous and so insolent as to say before You, Lord, our God, and God of our ancestors, that we are righteous, and have not sinned: verily (we confess) we and our fathers have sinned.
Your righteous anointed declared in Your presence, “Who can guard against errors? O cleanse me from secret faults.” Cleanse us, Lord, our God, from all our transgressions, and purify us from all our impurities. sprinkle purifying water upon us, and cleanse us, as it is written by the hand of Your prophet, “ And I will sprinkle upon you clean water, and You shall be cleansed from all your defilements, and from all your idolatry will I cleanse you.” Your people and Your heritage are languishing for Your goodness, panting for Your grace, and longing for Your help; let them know and understand that to the Eternal our God, appertaineth mercy and pardon.
Most Merciful God is Your name! Most Gracious God is Your name ! we also are called by Your name. Lord, grant our request for Your name’s sake. Grant it for the sake of Your truth. Grant it for the sake of Your covenant. Grant it for the sake of Your greatness and excellency. Grant it for the sake of Your law, for the sake of Your glory, or the sake of Your promise, for the sake of Your memorial, for the sake of Your benignity. Grant it for the sake of Your goodness, for the sake of Your honor, for the sake of Your doctrine. Grant it for the sake of Your kingdom. Grant it for the sake of Your eternal existence, for the sake of Your decree. Grant it for the sake of Your mighty power. Grant it for the sake of Your excellency, for the sake of Your righteousness. Grant it for the sake of Your holiness. Grant it for the sake of Your abundant mercy, for the sake of Your divine presence. Grant it for the sake of Your praise. Grant it for the sake of those whom You favored, who now rest in the earth. Grant it for the sake of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; for the sake of Moses and Aaron. Grant it for the sake of David and Solomon. Grant it for the sake of Jerusalem, Your holy city; for the sake of Zion, the residence of Your glory. Grant it in compassion of the desolation of Your temple. Grant it in compassion of the destruction of Your altar; for the sake of the young children at school. Grant it for the sake of the blood of Your servants which has been shed. Grant it for the sake of those who as martyrs were slain for Your holy name; for the sake of those who were slaughtered for maintaining Your unity; for the sake of those who went through fire and water, for the sanctification of Your name. Grant it for the sake of sucklings at the breast, who have not sinned. Grant it for the sake of weaned infants who have not sinned; grant it for the sake of young children under tuition who have not sinned; grant it for Your own sake, if not for ours; grant it for Your sake, and save us.
Answer us, O Lord! answer us. Answer us, our God; O answer us! Answer us, our Father; answer us! Answer us, our Creator; O answer us! Answer us. our Redeemer; O answer us! Answer us, You who will seek us! O answer us! Answer us, You most faithful God, answer us! Answer us, You who are mild and benevolent; O answer us! Answer us, You who are pure and upright; O answer us! Answer us, You living and ever-existing God; O answer us! Answer Us You who are good and beneficent: O answer us! Answer us, You who knowest the inclination of man; O answer us! Answer us, You who suppresses anger; O answer us! Answer us, You who are invested with righteousness! O answer us! Answer us, Supreme King of kings; O answer us! Answer us, You who are tremendous and exalted; O answer us! Answer us, You who pardonest and forgivest;
O answer us! Answer us, You who answerest in an acceptable time; O answer us! Answer us, our Redeemer and Deliverer; O answer us! Answer us, You who are just and upright; O answer us! Answer us, You who are near those who worship You; O answer us! Answer us, You who is most merciful and most gracious; O answer us! Answer up,
You who hearkenest to the needy; O answer us! Answer us, You who are the support of the innocent; O answer us! Answer us, God of our fathers; O answer us! Answer us,
God of Abraham; O answer us! Answer us, You the reverence of Isaac; O answer us! Answer us, mighty God of Jacob; O answer us! Answer us, You the refuge of our ancient matrons; O answer us! Answer us, help ot the tribes (of Israel); O answer us! Answer us, You who are ‘with difficulty provoked; answer us ; Answer us, You who are easily reconciled; answer us ; Answer us, O You who answers in time of distress; O answer us; Answer us, Father of orphans; answer us I Answer us, Judge of widows; O answer us!
- May He who answered our father Abraham on Mount Moriah, answer us.
- May He who answered his son Isaac when bound on the altar, answer us.
- May He who answered Jacob in Bethel, answer us.
- May ho who answered Joseph in the dungeon, answer us.
- May He who answered our ancestors at the lied Soa, answer us.
- May He who answered Moses on Mount Horeb, answer us.
- May He who answered Aaron with the censer, answer us.
- May He who answered Phineas, when ho arose from amongst the congregation, answer us.
- May He who answered Joshua in Gilgal, answer us.
- May He who answered Samuel in Mizpah, answer us.
- May He who answered David, and Solomon his son, in Jerusalem,
- answer us.
- May He who answered Elijah on Mount Carmel, answer us.
- May He who answered Elisha in Jericho, answer us.
- May He who answered Jonah in the entrails of the fish, answer us.
- May He who answered Hezekiah in his sickness, answer us.
- May He who answered Hananiah, Mishuel, and Hazariah, in the midst of the fiery furnace, answer us.
- May He who answered Daniel in the lions’ den, answer us.
- May He who answered Mordecai and Esther in Shushan the capital, answer us.
- May He who answered Ezra in captivity, answer us.
- May He who answered the virtuous, pious, perfect, and upright, answer us.
Most Merciful, who answerest the poor, answer us! Most Merciful, who answerest the humble-spirited, answer us! Most Merciful, who answerest the broken-hearted, answer us! Most: Merciful, answer us! Most Merciful, have compassion on us I Most Merciful, redeem us! Most Merciful, deliver us! Most Merciful, have mercy on us! even now, speedily, and in a short time.
And David said unto Gad, I am in an exceeding strait, yet let me fall into the hand of the Lord, for abundant is his mercy; but let me not fall into the hand of man.
Most merciful and gracious God! I have sinned before You; Eternal! who is full of compassion, have mercy upon me, and receive my supplications.
Eternal, rebuke me not in Your anger, chastise me not in Your wrath. Be gracious unto me, Eternal, for I languish; heal me, O Eternal, for my bones tremble: my soul too trembles exceedingly. And You Eternal God! for how long shall this be! Return, O
Eternal! relieve my soul; save me for the sake of Your mercy. For in death there is no remembrance of You, in the grave who shall give thanks unto You? I am weary with my sighing; every night I inundate my bed, with my tears bedew my couch. Mine eye faileth through grief; it has grown old because of all mine adversaries. Depart from me, all You workers of iniquity, for the Eternal has heard the voice of my weeping. The Eternal has heard my supplication; the Eternal will accept my prayer. All my enemies will be ashamed and confounded: they will turn back, suddenly put to shame.
He wounds and heals, slays and revives, He brings forth from the grave to everlasting life. When a child sins, his father chastiseth it, but the father’s tenderness speedily soothes the pain. When a slave is refractory, He is put in fetters; but a compassionate master soon breaketh them. We are Your firstborn and have sinned against You, for that we had to drain the bitter cup of suffering. We are Your servants and have been refractory, for that we have been given up now to pillage, now to captivity, and now to the scourge. We entreat You, therefore, heal You in Your abundant mercy our heavy grief; lest we perish wholly in exile.
Angels of mercy, procure mercy for us at the hands of the Allmcrciful. Angels of prayer, cause our prayers to be heard before him who heareth prayer. Angels of loud lamentation, cause our lamentation to be heard before him who heareth lamentation. Angels of tears, cause our tears to be noticed by the King, who is propitiated by tears. Intercede for us, and multiply prayer and supplication before the King, the most high God. Cause him to remember, and let him hear of the fidelity to the law, and of the good deeds of those, who repose in the dust. May He remember their love; and preserve their posterity, lest the remnant of Jacob should perish; for the flock of the faithful shepherd have become a reproach; Israel the only people a proverb and a byword. Hasten, Lord, and answer us, and redeem us from all severe decrees, and save by Your abundant mercy Your righteous anointed and Your people.
Lord in heaven! unto You, we address our supplication, like a captive, who supplicates his master. All captives are ransomed with money, but Your people, the house of Israel, only by prayer and by supplication. O, grant our petition and our desire, and let us not return from You empty-handed.
Lord in heaven! we entreat You, as a slave entreated his master. “We are oppressed, and dwell in darkness, our souls are afflicted with so much distress. We lack the power to propitiate You; Lord! do it for the covenant’s sake, which You did enter into with our forefathers.
Guardian of Israel, preserve the remnant of Israel, and suffer not Israel to perish, who say,—“ Hear, O Israel.”
Guardian of an only nation, preserve the remnant of an only people, and suffer not that only nation to perish, which thus acknowledgeth the unity of Your name, “The Eternal our God, the Eternal is One.”
Guardian of a holy nation, preserve the remnant of a holy people, and suffer not that holy nation to perish, which rehearses thrice the threefold sanctifications to the Most Holy. You, who are appeased by Your compassion, and are reconciled by supplication, be You appeased and reconciled to an afflicted generation that has no other help.
Our Father, our King! bo gracious unto us, and answer us; although we are destitute of good works, yet deal charitably and mercifully with us, and save us.
We know not what to do, but we fix our eyes on You. Remember, Eternal! Your compassion and beneficence, for they are from everlasting. Let Your mercy be upon us, Eternal! according as we hope in You. Remember not against us former iniquities, but hasten to let Your mercies meet us, for we are brought very low. Be gracious unto us, Eternal! be gracious unto us, for we are greatly overwhelmed with contempt. Even in wrath remember to have compassion; for You are He who knows our formation, who remembereth that we are but dust. Help us, then, God of our salvation! for the glory of Your name, and deliver us, and grant the expiation of our sins for the sake of Your Name.
PROPITIATORY PRAYERS FOR THE SECOND DAY.
Say from “ Happy are they,” till “ our iniquities are numerous,” after which say “ Omnipotent,” Say till “ all those who call on You,” and continue with the following –
Let not Your memory recall against us our former sins, but hasten to anticipate us with Your mercy, for we are extremely reduced. O Lord our God, though other lords besides You have had dominion over us, by You only will we make mention of Your name. Yes, for Your sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
Like a father has compassion on his children, so have You compassion on us, Lord! Salvation belongs to the Eternal! Your blessing be upon Your people, Forever! The Lord of Hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge. Forever! Lord of Hosts happy is the man that trusts in You. Save us, Eternal! Let the King hear us when we call.
“Pardon, I beseech You, the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of Your beneficence, and as You have been indulgent to this people from Egypt even until now : (as it is said), And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to Your word.”
My God ! incline Your ear and hear, open Your eyes and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not presume to present our supplications before You on account of our righteousness but in reliance on Your abundant mercy. Lord! hear: Lord! pardon: Lord! be graciously attentive, and grant our request: delay not for Your own sake, my God! for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.
Our God and the God of our fathers. Where is Your jealousy and Your Omnipotence with which You once did work wonders for the posterity of those with whom You have entered into a covenant? Now we are driven away and cast out from Your inheritance, Lord our God ! other lords besides You have dominion over us. Exceedingly great is the sorrow of Your distressed ones, who are attached to Your law with heart and soul and with all their might. How are they bowed down and humbled! Hasten to anticipate us with Your mercy, for we are extremely reduced. We turn pale, because of those, who blaspheme day after day as they gnash their teeth and say: Behold, this is the fatal day. Almighty Ruler! display Your power, since for Your sake we are daily ready to be slain. We hope for the time of redemption and comfort, but meanwhile, we are covered with shame and confusion, oppressed, and subservient to all the nations, and not one of us knows for how long. King of kings! remember Your former mercy; save from the smoking firebrands, (all trouble), those who guard the belief in Your unity; whiten their sins that are as scarlet, and let not Your memory recall against us our former offenses. Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, I grieve and my heart bleeds; let the enemy expiate it who laid it waste, and cause Your face to shine upon Your sanctuary that is desolate. Have mercy on Your property, which You acquired for the glorification of Your name, and do not destroy us, for that is Your glory and thus did the faithful of Your house promise us. “For the Lord Your God is a merciful God, he will not forsake You, neither destroy You.” Remember the image of the perfect one which is engraved in Your throne. Illustrious one! let his children drink from the brook of Your Eden, let them find salvation, and exempt them from punishment, You who forgives iniquity and transgression, and remits punishment.
Say “ Omnipotent King,” And the Eternal passed,”
There is none that call upon Your name, that stirs himself up to take hold of You. Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases, for the faithful fail from among the children of men. Save, O Lord, Your people the remnant of Israel
Say from “ Like a father has compassion,” till “ when we call“, then say the verses “ For we do not presume,” and “ Lord hear,”
Our God, and the God of our Father! For You I long, in You I hope in a distant land, within me I seek You; I cry unto You out of the depth, my soul breaks with longing after You; as the deer panteth after the water-brooks, I seek You and search after You everywhere. Behold, a time comes, when You relieve the distressed and do justice to the oppressed; the emptiers have marred their vine branches and emptied them out, they were robbed and oppressed by those pursuers. Your pupils, with whom You once did play as with tender infants; have now been so long oppressed and overdriven. They are destitute of every comfort, and lions gnash their teeth at them. You have despised, forsaken, and cast off those who cleave unto You, You have canceled Your covenant with the three beloved ones; and made us an offscouring. We were struck and scourged, torn and devoured by the mighty host of locusts and cankerworms. Afflicted with festering boils and sprained limbs, we lacked balm and ointments. Arise! help the sighing and groaning, lift us up from the dunghill and raise us up from the dust. You, whose Omnipotence is in the heavens, and whose dominion on earth has the power to raise up the reduced. Then shall the righteous praise Your name, when You liftest up the sevenfold purified head, then shall those who are near and far, say: The Strong and the Mighty has fulfilled his promise unto the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valley, for the sake of the three pillars of the earth.
Say‘‘Omnipotent King,” ” And the Eternal passed, ” Wherever the words “For You are great“, occur at the end of verses, repeat from “ For You are great,” till “full of compassion. “
Israel is saved by the Lord with everlasting salvation, even this day may he be saved by Your mouth, who dwells on high, for You are great in pardoning and full of compassion. They knock at Your gates, like poor and humble men, listen to their low toned effusion, O Lord, who are enthroned on high. For You are great, They are intimidated by all their enemies who reproach and blaspheme them; O do not forsake them, Lord God of their fathers. For You are great, Anticipate them with Your goodness on the day of chastisement, and from amidst their distress let them find the redemption and release. For You are great, Let them be saved in the sight of all the world, and let not the wicked rule over them. Extirpate the tyranny of Seir and his father in law, and let the deliverers go up to Zion. For You are great, Attend, O Lord, to the voice of their supplication, and let their prayer ascend to Your heavenly seat, for You are great in pardon and full of compassion. Israel is saved.
Say “ Omnipotent King,” “And the Eternal passed,” Conclude the Service as on the first day, commencing from “O Lord remember Your mercy“. The Reader says Kaddish.
PROPITIATORY PRAYERS FOR THE THIRD DAY.
Say from “Happy are they,” till “ our iniquities are numerous,” after which say “ Omnipotent, till “all those who call on You,” and continue with the following —
I call upon Your name in truth; I will stir myself up to lay hold of You. And we are poor and sorrowful, let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high. I will praise You, Lord, with my whole heart, I will show forth all Your marvelous works. When I am in distress I will call upon the Lord, and cry unto my God. The Lord is nigh unto all those who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth. Like a father has compassion on his children, so have You compassion on us, Lord! Salvation belongs to the Eternal! Your blessing be upon Your people, Forever! The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge, Forever! Lord of hosts! happy is the man that trusts in You. Save us, Eternal. Let the King hear us when we call.
“Pardon, I beseech You, the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of Your beneficence, and as You have been indulgent to this people from Egypt even until hitherto : (as it is said), And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to Your word.”
My God! incline Your ear and hear, open Your eyes and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not presume to present our supplications before You on account of our righteousness but in reliance on Your abundant mercy. Lord! bear: Lord! pardon: Lord! bo graciously attentive and grant our request: delay not for Your own sake, my God! for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.
Our God, and the God of our fathers! I call upon Your name, and stir myself up to lay hold of You, I anticipate and awaken the morning with my early prayer, I step before tho holy ark to utter pure words, I prepare my prayer with accuracy, and guard my lips. Behold my desire is that the Almighty would answer me; but where is the supplicant who could boast and say, I have purified my heart and my deeds are truthful, I am free from sin and the work of my hands is clean? Deal You, therefore, magnanimously with the guilty, and requite them not; let their prayer be esteemed as an offering, and their supplication as incense, raise those who are bent down, that they may lift up their heads, and their secret and public sins may not be found. Be You a refuge to those who seek Your protection in distress; let not those who stray like sheep continue to err about; put You into Your bottle the tears with which I bedew my couch, let my strength be in You, my shield and refuge. Deliver and unfetter those who are bound, and bring them out unto a wealthy place. They cry unto You, knock at Your gate, and call upon You when in trouble. Robbers despoiled them, and the wicked compassed about the righteous, Lord, and judge, why hide Your countenance? Annihilate, the tumultuous crowd that rise up against You, and reveal thyself continually unto those who know Your secret. bring back the outcast, and gather in the exiled; raise the humble, and lift up the reduced. Let them say among the heathen, the Lord has wrought great things, the land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden, and the ruined cities are fenced. Save those who trustingly take refuge under the shadow of Your wings; cause those who are pursued to be released, for You have the power to do so. Hear the prayer of the contrite, whose spirit fails; may his words and the effusion of his heart be acceptable; strengthen the feeble and invigorate the stumbling to set him at liberty, for lo, You who has formed mountains and created the wind declares unto man what is his thought. Drown sin and let wickedness not be remembered, O You who pardons iniquity and passes by transgression!
Say “ Omnipotent King,” “ And the Eternal passed,”
Wherever the words (“Let my life” occur at the end of the verses, repeat, “ Let my life,” till “ my people at my request.”
At dawn of day I have risen to thank You, God of my praise; I will sing unto You in the morning and make known unto You my sins, and as a reward of my work let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request! In former days, when Israel offered sacrifices, my sin, though red as scarlet, turned altogether white, now I spend my years in grief because of the destruction of the temple, and I have naught but my word and my prayer must be my burnt offering. (Let my life,) While the altar still existed and sacrifices were offered in the sanctuary, each man’s sin was blotted out by his sacrifice. Now the sacred office fails, and there is neither sacrifice nor oblation, and my thanks must be my sacrifice, and my prayer my oblation. (Let my life, ) Lo, when the service was still performed in the temple, and the priests were set in their charges, the sin offering atoned, and the burnt offering purified, but now there is neither sin nor burnt offering; no fat and no caul, and instead of them I pour forth my prayer and present may supplication. (Let my life, ) Formerly the clean priests rose early in the morning to be ready in the holy temple and draw lots for the offering up of the incense, but now there is no frankincense and no incense, and I am left stained with sin, let therefore my confession be accepted as an offering. (Let my life,) Behold, most holy One, my stroke is heavier than my groaning, and there is none to stand by me, and I have not the peaceful dwelling to go to; only by You I can make mention of Your name, strong rock of my salvation, remove my guilt and as the deer panting after the brooks of water, so pants my soul after You, God. For our soul is bowed down to the dust, our belly cleaveth unto the earth. Pour out Your wrath upon the heathen that have not known You, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon Your name, for they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling-place. Arise, and be a help unto us, and redeem us for the sake of Your mercy.
Sat from “ Like a father has compassion till “ when we call,” then say the verses “ For we do not presume, “ and “O Lord hear,”
Our God, and the God of our fathers. Our souls pant after You, as a deer after the brooks; they long for the time of their release, but in vain: distant, unfathomable and unattainable it seems, yet we hope and wait and cease not to trust. Those who thirst after You anxiously yearn to appear before You in their beloved temple, to go with the multitude, and with a pillar of fire to surround them. Depart, You uncircumcised and unclean, who slander. For they have said, Come let us cast them off, and have determined to take possession of their property, they have driven away Your people out of the inheritance You have granted them, and still daily they seek to cut us off by levying oppressive tributes on us, and impoverishing Your poor people. They despise Your friends and surname them dogs, but the pure of heart cast their burden upon You. They hear their reproach and shame without retorting and immolate themselves for You. We are Your people, You know our sufferings, and will You refrain for these things, will You hold Your peace and afflict us very sore? Though You have sore broken us in the place of dragons, Yes, even though they have made our dwelling a land of drought and of the shadow of death, our eyes are directed unto You. let not Your name, by which we are called, be profaned; in You all the posterity of Israel glories, though our iniquities are numerous, yet You did promise, “I will blot out Your transgressions.” Regard our presumptuous sins as errors, and leave us unpunished; deal towards us with indulgence; let our oppressors be ashamed because of the truth; let the banner be raised, and gather together the scattered of Israel. Be pleased with these wrecks, and turn to their offering; gather together the tenth part with those nine let my righteousness, answer for me, let my life He gave me at my petition, and my people at my request. (At dawn of day )
Say “ Omnipotent King “ And the Eternal passed,” Conclude the Service as on the first day, commencing from “ Lord: remember Your mercy,”. The Reader says Kaddish.
PROPITIATORY PRAYERS FOR THE FOURTH DAY.
Say from “ Happy are they,” till “ our iniquities are numerous,” after which say “O Omnipotent.” page S, till “ all those who call on You,” and continue with the following –
Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of Your holiness and of Your glory: where is Your zeal and Your strength, the sounding of Your bowels and of Your mercies toward me? are they restrained? You divided the sea by Your strength: You broke the heads of the dragons in the waters. Though our iniquity testify against us, do it for Your name’s sake.
Like a father has compassion on his children, so have You compassion on us, Lord! Salvation belongeth unto the Eternal! Your blessing be upon Your people. Forever! The Lord of Hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge. Forever! Lord of Hosts! happy is the man that trusteth in You. Save us, Eternal! Let the King hear us when we call.
“ Pardon, I beseech You, the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of Your beneficence, and as You have been indulgent to this people from Egypt even until now: (as it is said), And the Lord said I have pardoned according to Your word.” My God! incline Your ear and hear, open Your eyes and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not presume to present our supplications before You on account of our righteousness but in reliance on Your abundant mercy. Lord! hear, Lord! pardon, Lord! be graciously attentive, and grant our request, delay not for Your own sake, my God I for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.
Our God and the God of our fathers! Where are all Your great and awful wonders, Lord Zebaoth, which our fathers told us of, when Israel went down into Egypt to servitude and travails, You drew them with cords of a man, and not with chains and cruel bondage. You did requite measure for measure, those who inflicted on them and decreed all their males to be cast into the river, and Your chosen ones You broughtest forth ‘with rich booty. The sea and its billows were divided by Your strength, the Jordan You did dry up so that Your redeemed might cross it on foot, and in the wilderness You did sustain them so that they did not lack anything, and kingdoms and nations were delivered into their hands. But soon they cast off the thing that is good, and oppressors pursued them, then they cried unto You, and You did hear them and appointed deliverers for them. When they dwelt in their land they enjoyed all good things; then they sinned again and were banished, but You did visit them after seventy years and redeemed them again. They forged lies, indulged in vanities and were given up to be trodden down; violent men drove and overthrew them, they had to quit their land, and alas! the time of their return is hidden; meanwhile they dwell among the nations and are made tributary. Invigorate the remnant that is escaped, whose strength fails because of the heaviness of the fretting calamity; the first visitation was not yet quite over when speedily a second one followed. From time to time my trouble increased, the coming day is often worse than its predecessor. I loth to bear the yoke of the oppressor (Babylon), who imposeth heavy tribute on us. Your peculiar treasure is pressed by the enemy, who hopes to make him change his pure creed for a false one; how long, Lord, shall I call upon You in distress? Answer me with enlargement, O Lord, for Your hand is not waxed short. If our mighty transgressions have raised a partition between us and You, if a curtain bars our prayer, O Creator, let it penetrate unto Your glorious throne, and let our supplication come before Your Majesty, and be accepted. Proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, in which we may rest from our grief; gather the scattered, and take You the lead; plead my cause with those that strive with my soul; be pleased to deliver me, holy God. Break the teeth of the wicked with gravel stones; overthrow those who render childless and make widows; let their blood be poured on the ground to moisten it, preserve those that are appointed to die, and who for their faith devote themselves to death. Repair the damage of the tabernacle of David which is fallen, raise up the city which is laid low to the dust, comfort the captives with a double comfort, and enlighten their darkness. Build Your city Referring to the period of the Judges as in the days of yore, restore Your altar, temple, and vestibule, let all Judah and Israel worship You there, and let Your name be magnified from eternity to eternity.
Say “ Omnipotent King,” “And the Eternal passed,”
My soul is sore vexed, but You, Lord, how long? Lord, how long shall the wicked—how long shall the wicked triumph. God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme Your name forever? Lord, hear our voices, let Your ears be attentive to the voice of our supplication.
Say from “ Like a father has compassion,” till “ when we call.” then say the verses “For we do not presume,” and “ Lord hear,”
Our God, and the God of our fathers. A lion in the forest I resemble and am likened to in my guilt, my utterance is foolish, my language is unintelligible! I am deprived of intercessors such as Mordecai and his colleagues were, therefore every head is sick, and every heart is faint. Faint, banished, and despised, I am full of sorrow and grief, I am shaken about, and reel drunken with wormwood, and because of the oppression of the masters, I am sold for naught; yet when my soul fainteth within me, I remember the Lord. I remember Your mercy and love, which were as a banner over me, which canceled my offenses, and made me Your peculiar treasure. Your lambs now accustom themselves to prayer and entreaty, the poorest of men exult in the Holy One of Israel. Your servants shall exult and rejoice when You remembere my walls, and surround them with agate and pleasant stones, ah! when will that happen? My city is a heap forever, and my heights are lowered, and You, Lord, for how long? When will You quicken us and bring us from the depths? Glorious one, remove or lighten our yoke, fill our barns with plenty, and prosper our undertakings; let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us. Be compassionate towards us when in distress I seek You. I stretch forth my hands unto You, within me I inquire after You; my soul yearns and thirsts after You in the night; Lord, let me not be put to shame when I call upon You. I call upon You from the depth; my eyes are raised heavenwards; I lift my hands up to You; I let the fountains of my tears be spread abroad; look on my virtue, blot out and pass by my wickedness. Lord, hear my prayer and give ear to my supplication. Give ear to my supplication, my Creator, my Sustainer, and Guide! all my secret wishes are known to You, may my intentional sins be sunk, and my unintentional ones be atoned; give ear unto my words, Lord, and consider my meditation. Let my meditation be thought pure, and my prayer correct; hear, O God, and forgive my unworthy and perverse deeds; strengthen Your worshippers, and accept my effusion, and the meditation of my heart before You, Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer!
Say “ Omnipotent King,” “ And the Eternal passed, “
Wherever the words ( O my King and my God, ), occur at the end of the verses, repeat from “ O my King,” till “for unto You l pray.”
In the early morning hour I call upon You, my God, who is extolled; let my devout prayer be agreeable unto You, on the day when my heart raises itself to You; enlighten my darkness with the light of the morning, my King and my God, for unto You, I pray. My foes who abhor You, in their wrath reproach Your people; yet notwithstanding the tumult of those who rise up against You, I bear in mind the fear of You. O pour out upon them Your indignation and anger, from Your heavenly dwelling, and be zealous, Lord, for Your name, which is being profaned on earth. ( O my King and my God, ) O living God, who rides upon a swift cloud, if You put me in the scale, let my righteousness be as weighty as the sand of the sea, and my wickedness as light as a feather; and if my path has been crooked, and I deserve to be stoned to death, O weigh me in the scale of grace, for I am a man pierced by the sense of my transgressions. (O my King and my God, ) Restore the holy ark and its staves, and clothe Aaron again in his garments, and let the archer and hunter be duly requited, and each of them for his rebellion be consumed by the flames, so that they may be removed together as dung is taken away. ( O my King and my God, ) O You Most Holy, who sittest in judgment upon all Your creatures, behold how my contentious adversary speak so haughtily of me, direct his lance against me, and fighteth me with his sword; O save my soul, You who frustrate evil counsel. (In the early morning,)
Say “ Omnipotent King,” “ And the Eternal passed,”
Conclude the Service as on the first day, commencing from “ Lord
remember Your mercy,”. The Reader says Kaddish.
PROPITIATORY PRAYERS FOR THE FIFTH DAY.
Say from “ Happy are they,” till “ our iniquities are numerous,”
after which say “ O Omnipotent,” till “ all those who call on
You,” and continue with the following
O deal not with us according to our sins, requite us not according to our iniquities. Although our iniquities testify against us, O Lord, yet act kindly for the sake of Your name. God, if You will mark our iniquities, who is it, Lord, that can stand? If Your children have sinned against You, cast them not away for their transgression. Our soul hopes in the Lord, He is our help and our shield.
Like a father has compassion on his children, so have You compassion on us, Lord! Salvation belongs unto the Eternal! Your blessing be upon Your people, Forever! The Lord of Hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge, Forever! Lord of Hosts! happy is the man that trusts in You. Save us, Eternal! Let the King hear us when we call. “ Pardon, I beseech You, the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of Your beneficence, and as You have been indulgent to this people from Egypt even until now : (as it is said), And the Lord, said I have pardoned according to Your word.” O my God! incline Your ear and hear, open Your eyes and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not presume to present our supplications before You on account of our righteousness, but in reliance on Your abundant mercy. Lord! hear, Lord! pardon, Lord! be graciously attentive, and grant our request, delay not for Your own sake, my God! for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.
Our God, and tho God of our fathers. Your ways are not like those of man, but where is Your zeal, and Your enduring counsel? The daughter You chose for Your favorite house, strange masters have had dominion over her. She groaneth, saying, I am betrothed unto my friend, how should I allow another to dishonor me? She pronounces sentence of death on herself; esteems herself an outcast, though she is under coercion. The mother is sent away without a letter of divorce, the son strayeth about like an orphan; the enclosed garden is now as accessible as a sterile waste, and the sealed fountain is now waded through by every foot. Formerly Your wrath endured but a moment, and now the reverse is the case the holy crown has been flung into the street, the people once so dear to their friend, is now forsaken, like a faded beauty that is rent with paint. The well-favored, by her hard labor, and the putrefying sore that will not heal; the day of vengeance is as yet unknown, the day of requital not to be foreseen. The power of endurance fails under the burden, and those who escaped slaughter are lame and halting, and stray restless as fugitives, and another obtains what they labor and strive for. Why do they tread on the plant of a fruitful hill, as on thistles of the furnace Why does the guardian that never sleeps abandon his plants to be trampled upon by the bullocks of Bashan What profit that the choice vine is prematurely cut down, or what is the advantage when the spreading vine is violently plucked? Why has Your love been withdrawn from those who are distinguished by the sign upon their hands, and the frontlets between their eyes? If the archers received wages for their trifling labor, the industrious master’s reward must go on increasing. Alas! the forsaken one watches for its appointed time so long drawn out, scarcely has she been visited with one trouble when another follows it. The holy first-fruits of the heaps of corn are scattered like chaff to the extremities of the earth; as the leaves of the forests scattered before the wind, the persecuted flee before the sword and the storm.
Those ninety-eight curses have all been accomplished; O have mercy, and gather us from all those corners, and then shall they say among the heathen, the Lord has done great things for them.
Say “ Omnipotent King,” “ And the Eternal passed,”
Though our iniquities testify against us, Lord, deal kindly with us for Your name’s sake. You have caused men to ride over our heads: we went “through fire and through water, but You broughtest us out into a healthy place. Turn us, God of our salvation, and cause Your anger toward us to cease.
Say from “ Like a father has compassion,” till “when we call,” then say the verses “ For we do not presume,” and “ Lord hear,”
Our God and the God of our fathers! If I say, I will forget my bitter complaint, my heavy cares, and the vexation of my soul, my great sorrow oppresses me unceasingly. I am bowed down greatly, and my spirit is troubled. Troubles come in couples, without any interval between them, and press like chains; they pursue me incessantly, and the constant distress prevents all cheerfulness and every joyous sound. You have caused men to fly over the heads of Your people, and to plow upon their backs; to You their protector, they cry for release; their boughs are multiplied among them, and their branches become long and are turned against them. The wicked become old and prosper, while the virtuous decrease and fall off. Our villages lie desolate, and the nobles are not esteemed: Your comforting book is the only delight of the afflicted. They who frame falsehood, and brood deceit in their heart in instructing others, who open their mouths in vain to convince; those who frame mischief by law to multiply it, oppress and vex Your people in order to make them desert you. They prepare to turn the children away from their father, but You do not consent to let them afflict them, so as utterly to consume them in the land of their enemies. Wherefore shall those who hope in You be forever cast out of their dwellings? let them awake redeemed, and hastening to the city of their solemnities. guide us to the holy land, the place of Your temple, with the voice of praise and joy raised by the festive multitude, and we will offer to You our shield, sacrifices of righteousness; give ear to our words, Lord, and consider our meditation.
Wherever the words ( Lord, give ear, ), occur at the end of the verses, repeat, “ Lord, give ear to our supplication.“
May the shadow of His hand hide us beneath His divine wings; may mercy prevail when He trieth the deceitful heart to judge it; rise now, our God, and prevail on thyself, O Lord, give ear to our supplication. Whither shall I go from Your spirit, or whether shall I flee from Your presence see there is no refuge, for to the west and the east I followed after You to seek You, when You come to judge all mankind; let their merit plead for them. ( Lord, give ear, ) If I ascend to Your heavenly vaults, Your majesty is there to judge all my deeds ; every thought, every delusion of mine will blaze as a fire. Set a watch over the door of our lips, and grant us grace. ( Lord, give ear, ) If I take my bed in the depths of the nether world, I look, and lo, You are there to punish and chastise me; my obdurate heart trembles, for there is but one step between me and death ; preserve the remnant of those who are dispersed everywhere. ( Lord, give ear,) If I dwell in the uttermost parts of the ocean, Your right hand seizeth me, and where shall my soul find a safe resting place Were it not for Your abundant mercy, I should not know my way. ( Lord, give ear, ) extend Your grace to those who are oppressed by tyrants’ hands. When the shades of night surround and darkness coveres me, to You thick darkness is as noonday light; my flesh trembles for fear of You, as if I were threatened by the bite of a serpent, and my blood stagnate like that of him who lay fast asleep in the sides of the ship. ( Lord, give ear,) You layest Your hand upon me, and has beset me behind and before; let me turn wherever I may, You compassest my path and my lying down, You have tried me and found nothing, You search me and find nothing but woeful lamentations, with stammering tongue and unintelligible language. ( Lord, give ear,) Anticipate us with Your mercy, for to You all praise is due; accept the cry of Your lambs, and the sufferings of Your stray sheep; deliver us, and be unto us a protecting rock and strong house; come and save us, as You did save Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothel’s. ( may the shadow, )
Say “ Omnipotent King,” “ And the Eternal passed,”
Conclude the Service as on the first day, commencing from “ Lord, remember Your mercy,” . The Reader says Kaddish.
PROPITIATORY PRAYERS FOR THE SIXTH DAY.
Say from ” Happy are they,” till “ our iniquities are numerous,” after which say “ O Omnipotent,” till “ all those who call on You,” and continue with the following —
Why stand afar off, Lord, why hide You Yourself in time of trouble? Wherefore hide You, Your face and forget our affliction and oppression? Hide not Your face from Your servant, for we are in trouble, hear us speedily. Hear us, Lord, for Your loving-kindness is good, turn unto us according to the multitude of Your tender mercies. let not the oppressed return ashamed, let the poor and needy praise Your name.
Like a father has compassion on his children, so have You compassion on us, Lord! Salvation belongs to the Eternal! Your blessing be upon Your people. Forever! The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge. Forever! Lord of hosts! happy is the man that trusts in You. Save us, Eternal. Let the King hear us when we call.
“Pardon, I beseech You, the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of Your beneficence, and as You have been indulgent to this people from Egypt even until now : (as it is said), And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to Your word.” my God! incline Your ear and hear, open Your eyes and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not presume to present our supplications before You on account of our righteousness, but in reliance on Your abundant mercy. Lord! hear, Lord! pardon, O Lord! be graciously attentive and grant our request: delay not for Your own sake, my God! for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.
Our God and the God of our fathers. In the flay of my anxiety, I call upon You, let not the proud who forsake their dignity oppress me. Enquire into their misdeeds, and render to them their deserts, let their sentence and their due punishment be meted out to them. Those who propose to make Your holy and revered name forgotten, and to introduce unworthy and despised idolatry in its stead, destroy by their ways even the best of our people; O save the remnant from such destruction in their lying house, (idolatrous temple). They have learned to tear men, even as it is said in Holy Writ. “They cast lots for us as for a waif in the wilderness, and we had well-nigh been utterly consumed, were it not for Your mercy, Lord, and Your gracious rule. Who should dare to meditate on Your ways and judge them, who should arm himself to meet You with objections? we were disobedient, and have been scattered as with a whirlwind, and slain by the oppressor’s sword, but with You is justice, and Your is the victory. Yet let not the tyrant say, I have overcome, nor let Judah’s enemies exult over my fall. Proclaim the year of release for those who are sold for naught, and let the wicked man who spoils withdraw, and be cut down. Your bond has a prior right, and yet usurers went to dispute Your claim, the tyrants attempted to remove the frontiers of Your sanctuary, the ears of Your holy corn, together with straw spoil. Let judgment for their wickedness come upon them, and punish them according to their misdeeds. Rain down snares upon them as the portion of their cups! return unto them seven-fold to avenge the quarrel of Your covenant, and destroy them. Guide us to the city of Your residence, and pave a way for the redeemed through the sea; in You is our hope, and You are our Almighty Creator, comfort us and let Your mercy be upon us.
Say “ Omnipotent King,” “And the Eternal passed,”
Our fathers trusted in You, they trusted and You did deliver them. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God; He heard my voice out of his temple. You, Lord, are our hope, make haste to our help. Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation, You shall not be ashamed nor confounded, world without end.
Say from ” Like a father has compassion till when we call,” page , then say the verses “For we do not presume,” and “O Lord, hear,”
Our God, and the God of our fathers. The virgin daughter of Judah is full of mourning and lamentation, she bewails herself and spreads her hands in the valleys of her captivity, but when in my distress I call upon You, You answer me with enlargement, Lord, out of fire and water You bringest me forth into a wealthy place. She looks upwards for help, and looks about her here and there, trembling like a woman that brings forth her first child; in her anguish the nation that has been compared to a rose claps her hands and cries aloud, saying, Where now is my hope, as for my hope who shall see it? The beloved of her soul, her ornament and pride is delivered up into the hands of those who reproach and afflict her, and she cries amidst the assemblies, Where is the word of the Lord? let it come now. Your once feared nation is driven from captivity to captivity and broken because of the curse of Your wrath and the terror of Your indignation, and in anguish of spirit Your nation cries with a bitter voice, Where is Your zeal and Your strength? You have forsaken Your people, the house of Israel, in the land of their captivity, fugitives and vagabonds they are on the earth, like a vessel in the heart of the sea; babes ask their fathers, Where are the wonders of that shepherd who brought them up from the sea? The children of fools and of basemen have trodden down our inheritance, removed us far from our country, from the borders of our land; we said, We are cut off, our hope is lost, where are all his miracles which our fathers told us of? Remember, Lord, to the sons of Aram, the destruction of Your temple, the murder of my heroes, and the dashing to pieces of the babes of Your congregation, bare now Your strong arm and demand at their hands Your holy pasture, saying, Where is the flock that was given You?
Say “Omnipotent King” “ And the Eternal passed,” Wherever the words ( O Lord, ) occur at the end of the verses, repeat from “ O Lord,” till “ morning.”
You who searches all things, and at a glance understands all my doings, if I have committed falsehood and practiced deceit, do not investigate my iniquity and search not into my misdeeds, but, Lord, hear my voice in the morning. My Creator who metest out the vaults of heaven with a span, I direct my prayer in the third vigil to You who gives ear unto the entreaties of those who hope for Your salvation, but rebukes the tumultuous and rebellious, who speak haughtily and say, no one but myself, and have made a thoroughfare of the place where the altar of incense, the temple and the mercy-seat stood, and where the priests officiated; may they be visited with severe punishment for their sins. ( O Lord ) Almighty One, be zealous for Your name, why slumberest You? Year after year the nation whom Your right hand has planted is more and more oppressed and afflicted; is bought and sold, and branded with foul names. Your judgment is just, and we have deserved our punishment, but be zealous for the immutable law, which was given by Your right hand, and in which it is said, Who can count Your people? yet now we are numbered like sheep. My rock, awake now I pray, and destroy and uproot Amalek. Lord God my strength, ( O Lord, ) Almighty, who are nigh unto those who call upon You, and hearest the prayers of the distressed; judge the cause of the poor and needy, and plead that of the oppressed and persecuted; the upper and the lower ones are in Your hand, Lord of lords, let my sentence come forth from You into the bright light, God of the faithful. God is not a man that He should lie and change his word; behold, You have decreed after six years’ You shall release the bondman, and how many times six years have passed over my head, though I have not loved my masters, and though I am sold to a heathen, I have not in all these years been ransomed by my relatives, yet You are my friend and redeemer! Lord, hear my voice in the morning.
Say “ Omnipotent King,” “And the Eternal passed,” Conclude the Service as on the first day, commencing from “ Lord remember Your mercy,”. The Reader says Kaddish.
PROPITIATORY PRAYERS FOR THE SEVENTH DAY.
Say from “Happy are they,” till “ our iniquities are numerous,” after which say “ Omnipotent,” till “ all those who call on You,” and continue with the following —
Give ear, Lord, to our prayer, attend to the voice of our supplication. Attend to the voice of our cries, our King and God, for to You we pray, Hear our prayer, Lord, and give ear unto our cries, hold not Your peace to our tears. For the Lord hearkens unto the needy, and despises, not his captives.
Like a father has compassion on his children, so have compassion on us, Lord! Salvation belongs unto the Eternal! Your blessing be upon Your people. Forever! The Lord of Hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge. Forever! Lord of Hosts! happy is the man that trusts in You. Save us, Eternal! Let the King hear us when we call.
“Pardon, I beseech You, the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of Your beneficence, and as You have been indulgent to these people from Egypt even until now : (as it is said), And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to Your word.” My God! incline Your ear and hear, open Your eyes and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name ; for we do not presume to present our supplications before You on account of our righteousness but in reliance on Your abundant mercy. Lord! hear, Lord! pardon, Lord! be graciously attentive, and grant our request, delay not for Your own sake, my God! for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.
Our God, and the God of our fathers. No head could be raised if our iniquities were considered, and because every heart is obdurate and perverse, it desponds and melts like wax when it is to be judged. You sentenced Your people, have driven them into captivity and made us a proverb, a byeword and a fright. We erred, stumbled, were enfeebled, we caused others to stumble and commit violence, and knowingly perverted the law and transgressed it intentionally. Remember this day the merit of him that bound, and of him who was bound, and the integrity of him who boiled a mess of pottage, and regard our intentional sins, as errors and follies. Cauterize our sores, close and bind up our wounds; behold Your chosen and appointed people have fallen sick, and wail and cry like one who gives birth to her first child; they are swallowed up, they faint and know no rest. The evil inclination is as deeply fixed within us as a doubble-edged sword or ax; the ugly seducer himself accuses us; this enemy watches our every step and encompasses us round about, He writes down our iniquity, and seals the paper, so that he may accuse us both by word of mouth and in writing. Lead softly those who have escaped, according to their weakness, and according to their exertion; hide and shelter especially the paralyzed and enfeebled; we call upon You in our distress, answer us, and come to save us; heal the wavering, and revive Your work in the midst of years. Remnants of Jacob, let us return to the Almighty God, whose constant way it is to pardon and to forgive transgression, to look on the afflicted man, so as to bring him up from the terrible pit of despair, but who hates the proud and haughty, and breaks his rule and power. In many instances You were with us; let us find You also now. Hear, Lord, those who supplicate You, and be propitious to us this day. Almighty God, accept the words of our lips as sacrificial bullocks and march out to save Your anointed, and Your people.
Say “ Omnipotent King” ” And the Eternal passed,”
Be not sore wroth, Lord, neither remember iniquity forever; behold, we beseech You, we are all Your people. Your holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised You, is burnt up with fire, and all our pleasant things are laid waste. The living, the living, He shall! praise You, as I do this day, the father shall make known Your truth to Your children.
Say from “ Like a father has compassion,” till “when we call,” then say the verses “ For we do not presume,” and “ O Lord, hear,”
Our God, and tho God of our fathers! Let not all the trouble seem little before You that has come upon Your nation, from the days of yore, without balm and remedy and care, robbers despoiled them by oppression and extortion. My iniquities are great, and You did punish me in proportion. I returned evil for good, and You did requite me according to my due. By the multitude of my sins, I have become like sinful Sodom; my dwelling is destroyed, and I am exiled from the hallowed land. Lo, I am forsaken, cast off, abominated, and hated, my oppressors scornfully say to me, “ You filthy and polluted one!” My soul is far removed from peace and is wary of its labor, and my tears are my nourishment. I remember the days of yore, when I was singled out by Your love, adorned with a wreath as a bride, but under the canopy of my bridal joy, I revelled immoderately, profaned my crown like an adulteress that is polluted; yet He purified me in his love, and appointed me to be his spouse; but again I committed myself, and scorned the words of the prophet. Thus I was snared again, was taken in the day of calamity, and was wearied by a succession of misfortunes. Then I longed for my first spouse, and my soul thirsted for him, since I was happy then, I pined for his love, and desired to be hidden under his wings; in him I will hope, though He slay me in prison. What profit is there in my blood, if I am to be destroyed; who like me acknowledges Your unity with affection and reverence!
God, who is terrible and dreadful in judgment; my soul worshipped You; accept I beseech You the freewill offerings of my mouth as a burnt offering; let my fervent prayer appear before You, and be acceptable; regard the diminution of my blood, like the sprinkled blood of the sacrifices, and the decline of my strength like the fat of the victim ; answer me, be gracious unto me, You who dwells on high in glory. Pour out Your wrath over Your enemies with zeal; who can compare their idols to the supreme God. They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and drowned me in mire and dirty waters; have made me eat their disgusting food in order to contaminate me. My princes were strangled for their adherence to their faith; my worthies and honored ones dragged in the mire: alas, my spirit fainteth when I see the inestimable law torn and consumed by fire. The joy of my heart has ceased, and I have become contrite; I am bowed down and troubled, and torn by the lion’s brood. My heart shaketh and trembleth, I stray like a lost sheep from corner to comer. With great grief, and with the anguish of a dejected spirit, Your weary people cry and wail to You; can You refrain Your anger over heathens, who worship stars and planets, to strike them with Your lightning, and to display Your power? Steep Your arrows, and Your sharp sword in their blood; let vultures be fed upon their fat and their flesh, and the vengeance which is written of them may shortly reach them; but let Your people be raised above all other nations, in order to make known to all that they bore the yoke of the eternally living God, that their mighty Redeemer bore them on his wings, and that He will bring them to his holy habitation with everlasting joy, there to satisfy it with the possession of every blessing.
Say “Omnipotent King” “And the Eternal passed,” Wherever the words (Help us, ), occur at the end of the verses, repeat from “ Help us,” till “ we rest on You.”
Be gracious to us, Lord, be gracious; answer us, Lord, answer us; help us, God of our salvation, for we rest on You. (Help us.) In battle, some trust in their chiefs, and some in their horses, but we will venture in Your holy name; You, who dwellest in heaven, will appear to save us. (Help us.) Some glory in their legions, and some in their pomp, but we will prevail by the aid of him who is mighty in salvation, and helps abundantly those who are powerless. (Help us.) Some trust in their shields, and some in their bucklers; but raise Your word as our protection, it is a refuge to us from the blast of the terrible ones. (Help us.) Some trust in their neighing, stamping chargers, and some in their dazzling swords and sheltering cloaks; but we trust in him who covers himself with light as with a garment, who contemptuously spurneth their highest leaders. (Help us, ) Some trust in their close armor, and some in their serried ranks; but we arm ourselves with confidence in the protector of those who trust in him, and who humble the pride of the haughty. (Help us, ) Some trust in their noisy horns and some in their loud war cries, but we trust in him whose voice stills the noise of the waters, and rend and dash to pieces dry rocks. (Help us.) Some trust in their stratagems, some in their battle array, but we in the Incomparable, who raiseth the disheartened, and maketh them tread upon the high places of their adversaries. (Help us.) Some trust in their victories, and some in their murderous weapons; but we spread our hands in the name of the Strength of Israel, and every anxiety, and fear, and despondency, vanishes. (Be gracious.)