Bible and Reality Lord, have mercy Design: J. L. Caravias sj. Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you. Ps 142:2. If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? Ps 129:3. O LORD, we acknowledge our wickedness
Lord, have mercy
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into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.
If you, O LORD,
kept a record of sins, O Lord,
who could stand?
and the guilt of our fathers;
we have indeed sinned
All of us have become
like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts
are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind
our sins sweep us away.
it is not for man to direct his steps.
Correct me, LORD, but only with justice–
not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing.
Treat us according to your kindness
and your great mercy.
you are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD;
do not remember our sins forever.Is 64:8s
are a compassionate
and gracious God,
slow to anger,
in love and
Turn to me
and have mercy
Remembe, O LORD, your great mercy
and love, for they are from of old.
because you are almighty,
you overlook people's sins,
so that they can repent.
Yes, you love everything that exists, and nothing that you have made disgusts you, since, if you had hated something, you would not have made it.
And how could a thing subsist, had you not willed it?
Or how be preserved,
if not called forth by you?
No, you spare all, since all is yours, Lord, lover of life!
renew within me a resolute spirit.
Give me back the joy of your salvation,
sustain in me a generous spirit…
a broken, contrite heart you never scorn.Ps 51:10.12.17
and go to my father
and say: Father,
I have sinned against
heaven and against you;
I no longer deserve
to be called your son...
When the father
He ran to the boy, clasped him
in his arms and kissed him.
than over ninety-nine upright people who have no need of repentance.