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Prayer for Humility

A Prayer for Humility

O Father, give us the humility which realizes its ignorance,
Admits its mistakes, recognizes its need, welcomes advice,
Accepts rebuke. Help us always to praise rather than to criticize,
To sympathize rather than to discourage, to build rather than to destroy,
 And to think of people at their best rather than at their worst.
This we ask for thy name's sake.

(Prayer of William Barclay)

William Barclay
(5 December 1907 24 January 1978)

William Barclay was an author, radio and television presenter, Church of Scotland minister and Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. While professor, he decided to dedicate his life to "making the best biblical scholarship available to the average reader".The eventual result was the Daily Study Bible, a set of 17 commentaries on the New Testament, published by Saint Andrew Press, the Church of Scotland's publishing house. Despite the series name, these commentaries do not set a program of regular study. Rather, they go verse by verse through Barclay's own translation of the New Testament, listing and examining every possible interpretation known to Barclay and providing all the background information he considered possibly relevant, all in layman's terms.

'Feuch air fear coimhead Israil Cadal chan aom no suain.'
  (The Shepherd that keeps Israel, He slumbers not nor sleeps.)

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