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O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
and reaching mightily from one end of the earth
to the other, ordering all things well:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.
O Adonai, and leader of the house of Israel,
who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
and gave him the law on Sinai:
Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.
O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign to the people,
before whom kings shall shut their mouths
and the nations shall seek:
Come and deliver us and do not delay.
O Key of David, and scepter of the house of Israel,
who opens and no one can shut,
who shuts and no one can open:
Come and bring the prisoners from the prison house,
those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
O King of the nations, and their desire,
the cornerstone making both one:
Come and save us, whom you formed from the dust.
O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver,
the desire of all nations and their Savior:
Come and save us, O Lord our God.
Author unknown, 9th century
“This is what the Lord Almighty says:
‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth,
the sea and the dry land.
I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come,
and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty.
‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty.
‘The glory of this present house will be greater
than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty.
‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”