The prayer of the priests in Jerusalem (2 Macc 14:34-14:36)

“Having said this, he went away. Then the priests stretched out their hands toward heaven. They called upon the constant defender of our nation, in these words.

‘O Lord of all,

Although you have need of nothing,

You were pleased

That there should be a temple for thy habitation among us.

So now,

O holy One,

Lord of all holiness,

Keep undefiled forever this house that has been so recently purified.’”

When Nicanor left the Temple, the priests stretched out their hands to heaven and began to pray. They prayed to the defender of their nation. They realized that God, the Lord of all, did not need anything. However, he had been pleased by this Temple so that he could live among them. Now they were asking him, the holy one, the Lord of all holiness, to keep this Temple or house of the Lord undefiled since it had been so recently purified.

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