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Prayer for Wisdom and Forgiveness
To the leader: to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
I said, “I will guard my ways
that I may not sin with my tongue;
I will keep a muzzle on my mouth
as long as the wicked are in my presence.”
I was silent and still;
I held my peace to no avail;
my distress grew worse,
my heart became hot within me.
While I mused, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue:
“LORD, let me know my end,
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a few handbreadths,
and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight.
Surely everyone stands as a mere breath. Selah
Surely everyone goes about like a shadow.
Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;
they heap up, and do not know who will gather.
“And now, O Lord, what do I wait for?
My hope is in you.
Deliver me from all my transgressions.
Do not make me the scorn of the fool.
I am silent; I do not open my mouth,
for it is you who have done it.
Remove your stroke from me;
I am worn down by the blows of your hand.
“You chastise mortals
in punishment for sin,
consuming like a moth what is dear to them;
surely everyone is a mere breath. Selah
“Hear my prayer, O LORD,
and give ear to my cry;
do not hold your peace at my tears.
For I am your passing guest,
an alien, like all my forebears.
Turn your gaze away from me, that I may smile again,
before I depart and am no more.”
Note: Today's Gospel reading is Matthew 11:25-30. Find a Bible translation.
From the New Revised Standard Version. Reprinted with permission from HarperBibles.
When you have set aside in full the tenth part of your yield--in the third year, the year of the tithe--and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat their fill in your settlements, you shall declare before the Lord your God: "I have cleared out the consecrated portion from the house; and I have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, just as You commanded me; I have neither transgressed nor neglected any of Your commandments: I have not eaten of it while in mourning, I have not cleared out any of it while I was unclean, and I have not deposited any of it with the dead. I have obeyed the Lord my God; I have done just as You commanded me. Look down from Your holy abode, from heaven, and bless Your people Israel and the soil You have given us, a land flowing with milk and honey, as You swore to our fathers."
Torah reading From Parshat Ki Tavo. From THE TANAKH: The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text. Copyright 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society. Used by permission.
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MATHALAN KALIMATAN T’AYYIBATAN KASHAJARTIN T’AYYIBATIN AS’LUHAA THAABITUW WA FAR-U’HAA FIS SAMAAA TOOTEEE UKULAHAA KULLA H’EENIM BI-ID’NI RABBIHAA
[A goodly word is like a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches are in heaven. It yields its fruit in every season by the permission of its Lords.]
Recite 3 times
AFARA-AYTUM MAA TAH’RUTHOON A-ANTUM TAZRA-O’ONAHOO AM NAH’NUZ ZAARI-O’ON
[Have you seen that which you sow? Do you cause it to grow, or are We (Allah) the grower?]
Recite, standing, facing qibla, the above noted (ii) and continue the following
ALLAAHUMMAJ-A’LHU H’ARTHAN MUBAARAKAN WAR-ZUQNAA FEEHIS SALAAMATI WAT TAMAAMATA WAJ-A’LHU H’ABBAN MUTARAAKIBAN WA LAA TAH’RIMNEE KHAYRA MAA ABTAGEE WA LAA TAFTINEE BEE MAA MATTA’-TANEE BIH’AQQI MUHAMMADIN WA AALIHIT’T’AYYIBEEN
[O Allah, let these (seeds) be productive, blessed. Feed us from the produce in safety and to our full satisfaction. Let these seeds produce so much that the produce be piled up in heaps. Do not deprive me from that which I seek and desire, nor put me to test and trial by allowing me to enjoy (abundant produce), for the sake of Muhammad and his pure progeny.]