Thanksgiving Prayer from Dead Sea Scrolls

Thanksgiving Prayer from Dead Sea Scrolls

 

 

 

**12**

I give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast illuminated my face by Thy Covenant and Truth;

Day by day I seek Thee, and sure as the dawn, Thou appearest as perfect Light to me.

**15**

I give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast upheld me by Thy strength; Thou hast shed Thy Holy Spirit upon me that I may not stumble.

Thou hast not permitted that fear should cause me to desert Thy Covenant; Thou hast made me like a strong tower, a high wall, and hast established my edifice upon a rock as an eternal foundation.

Thou hast placed me, O my God, among the branches of the Council of Holiness; Thou hast established me in Thy Covenant, and my tongue is like that of Thy disciples.

Thou hast established my heart on Thy teaching and truth, directing my steps into the paths of righteousness that I may walk before Thee.

**16**

I give Thee thanks, O Lord, for Thou hast enlightened me through Thy truth.

In Thy marvelous mysteries, and in Thy loving kindness, and in the greatness of Thy mercy, Thou hast granted me knowledge.

For Thou art an eternal God; all Thy ways are determined for ever, and there is none other beside Thee.

**18**

I give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast placed me beside a fountain of streams in an arid land, and close to a spring of waters in a dry land (or desert), and beside a watered garden in a wilderness.

**20**

Blessed art Thou, O Lord, God of mercy and abundant grace, for Thou hast made known unto me Thy wisdom and Thy marvelous deeds; for I trust Thee in Thy grace and in Thy great goodness and in the multitude of Thy mercies; for I lean on Thy ETERNAL truth.

AMEN

Delivered by the Right Reverend Gene Savoy, Jr. at the 24th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service in Reno, Nevada.

Comment ( 1 )

  • Michael G. Sackett

    I was looking for Dead Sea Scroll texts about In the Beginning, and Noah’s account of the flood, and found this prayer. It’s beautiful. I’m guessing that it’s from the time of Christ, or is it older?
    Very interesting web-site.