for government

O God, almighty Father,
King of kings and Lord of all our rulers,
grant that the hearts and minds
of all who go out as leaders before us,
the statesmen, the judges,
the men of learning, and the men of wealth,
may be so filled with “the love of thy laws,”
and of that which is righteous and life-giving,
that they may serve as wholesome salt of the earth
and be worthy servants of thy good and perfect gifts;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Prayer of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, 1348, England

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Psalm 119: 97-104

Oh how I love your law!
   It is my meditation all the day.
Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
   for it is ever with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers,
   for your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the aged,
   for I keep your precepts.
I hold back my feet from every evil way,
   in order to keep your word.
I do not turn aside from your rules,
   for you have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste,
   sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through your precepts I get understanding;

   therefore I hate every false way.

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