An Irish Welcome

Céad Míle Fáilte friend and rover ...
Wherever you come from and whosoever you may be.
That's an Irish greeting and it means

you are welcome
a thousand times over.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Prayer of Isaiah

With my soul I have desired You in the night, 
Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; 
For when Your judgments are in the earth, 
The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 

Let grace be shown to the wicked, 
Yet he will not learn righteousness; 
In the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly, 
And will not behold the majesty of the LORD. 

LORD, when Your hand is lifted up, they will not see. 
But they will see and be ashamed 
For their envy of people; 
Yes, the fire of Your enemies shall devour them. 

LORD, You will establish peace for us, 
For You have also done all our works in us. 

O LORD our God, masters besides You 
Have had dominion over us; 
But by You only we make mention of Your name. 

They are dead, they will not live; 
They are deceased, they will not rise. 
Therefore You have punished and destroyed them, 
And made all their memory to perish. 

You have increased the nation, O LORD, 
You have increased the nation; 
You are glorified; 
You have expanded all the borders of the land. 

LORD, in trouble they have visited You, 
They poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them. 
As a woman with child 
Is in pain and cries out in her pangs, 
When she draws near the time of her delivery, 
So have we been in Your sight, O LORD. 

We have been with child, we have been in pain; 
We have, as it were, brought forth wind; 
We have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth, 
Nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen. 

Your dead shall live; 
Together with my dead body they shall arise. 
Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; 
For your dew is like the dew of herbs, 
And the earth shall cast out the dead.

Come, my people, enter your chambers, 
And shut your doors behind you; 
Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, 
Until the indignation is past.

Hattip: Jonathan

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