Immediately after Donald Trump gave his first speech as president of the United States, Rabbi Marvin Hier addressed the crowd with an inaugural prayer, interlacing quotes from Isaiah and the Psalms, along with the Mishnah.
Read it below, with annotations:
Eternal God, bless President Donald J. Trump and America, our great nation. Guide us to remember the words of the psalmist, “Who may dwell on your holy mountain? One who… does what is right and speaks the truth… who knows that… when you eat the labor of your hands you are praiseworthy… that he who sows in tears shall reap in joy” [Psalm 15]. Because the freedoms we enjoy are not granted in perpetuity, but must be reclaimed by each generation.
“As our ancestors have planted for us, so we must plant for others. While it is not for us to complete the task, neither are we free to desist from them” [Mishnah, Pirkei Avot]
“Dispense justice for the needy and the orphan” [Psalm 82], for they have no one but their fellow citizens, and because a nation’s wealth is measured by her values and not by her vaults!
Bless all of our allies around the world who share our beliefs. “By the rivers of Babylon we wept as we remembered Zion… If I forget thee o’ Jerusalem may my right hand forget its skill” [Psalm 137].
“The doer of [all of] these shall never falter” [Psalm 37].
May the days come soon when “justice will dwell in the wilderness and righteousness will abide in the fertile field. And the work of righteousness will be peace… quietness and confidence forever” [Isaiah 32].