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[Prayer] for Peace Among the Nations, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)


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O God,
Who hast made in one image
all the nations of men,
to Thee we offer our prayer of peace.
Forgive us
that in our day
the nations have gone after strange gods,
worshiping the State
and offering human sacrifice
to the god of War.
O God of love,
unite in opposition to war
all those who worship Thee
throughout the world.
Give us ever the higher courage
to take our stand with Thy teachings.
Remove from our hearts
the very seeds of war,
all enmity and selfishness,
bigotry and strife.
Give us humility
and goodwill
to every man,
to every nation.
May the resounding words of Isaiah,
Thy prophet of ancient days,
ring loud in our ears and echo in our hearts,
until all men shall know their truth:
“And He shall judge between the nations
and shall decide for many peoples;
And they shall beat their swords into ploughshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:4)

“[Prayer] For Peace Among the Nations” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 59, from where this prayer was transcribed.






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