lifted up my hands in righteousness, and blessed the holy, and the Great One. I spoke with the breath of my mouth, and with a tongue of flesh, which God has formed for all the sons of mortal men, that with it they may speak; giving them breath, a mouth, and a tongue to converse with.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the King, great and powerful in your greatness, Lord of all the creatures of heaven, King of kings, God of the whole world, whose reign, whose kingdom, and whose majesty endure for ever and ever. From generation to generation shall your dominion exist
. All the heavens are your throne for ever, and all the earth your footstool for ever and for ever.
For you have made them
, and over all you reign. No act whatsoever exceeds your power. With your wisdom is unchangeable; nor from your throne and from your presence is it ever averted. You know all things, see and hear them; nor is anything concealed from you; for you perceive all things.
The angels of your heavens have transgressed; and on mortal flesh shall your wrath remain, until the day of the great judgment.
Now then, O God, Lord and mighty King, I entreat you, and beseech you to grant my prayer, that a posterity may be left to me on earth, and that the whole human race may not perish; That the earth may not be left destitute, and destruction take place for ever.
O my Lord, let the race perish from off the earth which has offended you, but a righteous and upright race establish for a posterity (94)
for ever. Hide not your face, O Lord, from the prayer of your servant.
(94) For a posterity. Literally, "for the plant of a seed" (Laurence, p. 121).