Prayer Mondays: Tobit

Barring my faulty memory (and if I’m not lazy) I want to post prayers on Monday from all over Church History and then throughout the modern day, and then my own. This one doesn’t come from history, per se, but rather from the fictional book of Tobit. It isn’t Scripture (though Rome and the East say otherwise) but it does have a really nice prayer in it that I think we can Amen (at least most of it). It comes from chapter 13.

Then Tobit wrote a prayer of rejoicing, and said, blessed be God that lives forever, and blessed be his kingdom. For he both scourges and has mercy: he leads down to hell, and brings up again: neither is there any that can avoid his hand.

Confess him before the Gentiles, you children of Israel: for He has scattered us among them. There declare his greatness, and extol him before all the living: for he is our Lord, and he is the God our Father forever. And he will punish us for our iniquities, and will have mercy again, and will gather us out of all nations, among whom he scattered us.

If you turn to him with your whole heart, and with your whole mind, and deal uprightly before him, then will he turn towards you, and will not hide his face from you. Therefore see what he will do with you, and confess him with your whole mouth, and praise the Lord of might, and extol the everlasting King.

In the land of my captivity do I praise him, and declare his might and majesty to a sinful nation. O you sinners, turn and do justice before him: who can tell if he will accept you, and have mercy on you?

I will lift up  my God, and my soul shall praise the King of heaven, and shall rejoice in his greatness. Let all men speak, and let all praise him for his righteousness.

O Jerusalem, the holy city, he will punish you for thy children’s works, and will have mercy again on the sons of the righteous.

Give praise to the Lord, for he is good: and praise the everlasting King, that his tabernacle may be rebuilt in you with joy, and let him make joyful there in you those that are captives, and love in you for ever those that are miserable.

Many nations shall come from far to the name of the Lord God with gifts in their hands, even gifts to the King of heaven; all generations shall praise you with great joy. Cursed are all they which hate you, and blessed shall all be which love you for ever.

Rejoice and be glad for the children of the just: for they shall be gathered together, and shall bless the Lord of the just.

O blessed are they which love you, for they shall rejoice in your peace: blessed are they which have been sorrowful for all your chastening; for they shall rejoice for you, when they have seen all your glory, and shall be glad for ever.

Let my soul bless God the great King. For Jerusalem shall be built up with sapphires and emeralds, and precious stone: your walls and towers and battlements with pure gold. And the streets of Jerusalem shall be paved with beryl and carbuncle and stones of Ophir. And all her streets shall say, Alleluia; and they shall praise him, saying, Blessed be God, which hath extolled it forever.

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