1 This Psalm is a genuine one of David, though extra, composed when he fought in single combat with Goliath. I was small amongst my brothers, and youngest in my father’s house. I tended my father’s sheep.
2 My hands formed a musical instrument, and my fingers tuned a lute.
3 Who shall tell my Lord? The Lord himself, he himself hears.
4 He sent forth his angel and took me from my father’s sheep, and he anointed me with his anointing oil.
5 My brothers were handsome and tall; but the Lord didn’t take pleasure in them.
6 I went out to meet the Philistine, and he cursed me by his idols.
7 But I drew his own sword and beheaded him, and removed reproach from the children of Israel.
Prayer of Manasses Third Maccabees Second Esdras
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