The Lord directed my mouth by his word, And opened my heart by his light, 2 And caused his immortal life to dwell in me, And granted me to tell of the fruit of his peace, 3 To restore the souls of those who wish to come to him, And to lead a goodly band of captives back to freedom. 4 I became strong and powerful and led the world captive, And it became to me to the glory of the Most High, even of God my Father. 5 And the peoples who were scattered were gathered together, And I was not defiled by my sins, 1 A slight change of the pointing would render possible the translation ‘by my love’. Because they praised 2 Or ‘confessed’. me in high places. 6 And the footprints of light were set on their hearts, And they walked in my life and were delivered, And became my people 3 Or ‘And were with me’. for ever and ever. Hallelujah.