you justify the ungodly,
and you do not desire the death of the sinner.
Graciously help and shield your servants who trust in your mercy,
that no temptations may separate us from you,
and that we may serve you without ceasing;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Source of this version: Modified from The Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, United Lutheran Church in America © 1918, #22
“You justify the ungodly” is a reference to Romans 4:5
“You do not desire the death of the sinner” is a reference to Ezekiel 33:11