A ‘grace’ from the Dead Sea Scrolls

Author of my wellbeing,
source of knowledge,
fount of holiness, height of glory,
all-mightiness of eternal splendour!
I shall choose that which
he shall have taught me
and I shall rejoice in that which
he shall have appointed unto me.
When I put forth my hands and feet,
I shall bless his name;
when I go out and or when I go in,
when I sit down or when I rise up,
and upon my bed shall I sing unto him.
I shall bless him with the offering
which comes forth from my lips
for the sake of all which he has established unto men,
and before I lift my hands to partake
of the delicious fruits of the earth.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of Hebrew parchments from the Jewish sect of the Essenes of Qumran, and hidden in caves on Israel’s West Bank. Dated from 480 BCE to around 300 CE, the parchments were discovered again in the mid 20th century.

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