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- So I turned my attention to the Lord God to implore him by prayer and requests, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.
- I prayed to the Lord my God, confessing in this way:
“O Lord, great and awesome God who is faithful to his covenant with those who love him and keep his commandments,
- we have sinned! We have done what is wrong and wicked; we have rebelled by turning away from your commandments and standards.
- We have not paid attention to your servants the prophets, who spoke by your authority to our kings, our leaders, and our ancestors, and to all the inhabitants of the land as well.
- “You are righteous, O Lord, but we are humiliated this day—the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far away in all the countries in which you have scattered them, because they have behaved unfaithfully toward you.
- O Lord, we have been humiliated—our kings, our leaders, and our ancestors—because we have sinned against you.
- Yet the Lord our God is compassionate and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.
- Jesus also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else.
- “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
- The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: extortionists, unrighteous people, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.
- I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.’
- The tax collector, however, stood far off and would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful to me, sinner that I am!’
- I tell you that this man went down to his home justified rather than the Pharisee. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”