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Berachos 7a:

אָמַר רַבִּי יוֹחָנָן מִשּׁוּם רַבִּי יוֹסֵי: מִנַּיִן שֶׁהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא מִתְפַּלֵּל? ... מַאי מְצַלֵּי? אָמַר רַב זוּטְרָא בַּר טוֹבִיָּה, אָמַר רַב: ״יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנַי שֶׁיִּכְבְּשׁוּ רַחֲמַי אֶת כַּעֲסִי, וְיִגּוֹלּוּ רַחֲמַי עַל מִדּוֹתַי, וְאֶתְנַהֵג עִם בָּנַי בְּמִדַּת רַחֲמִים, וְאֶכָּנֵס לָהֶם לִפְנִים מִשּׁוּרַת הַדִּין״.‏

R' Yochanan said in the name of R' Yosi: How do we know that Hashem prays? ... What does He pray? R' Zutra bar Tovia said in the name of Rav: "May it me My will that My mercy conquers My anger, that My mercy roll over My attributes, that I act with My children with mercy, and that I open to them beyond the line of the law."

Immediately afterwards:

תַּנְיָא, אָמַר רַבִּי יִשְׁמָעֵאל בֶּן אֱלִישָׁע: פַּעַם אַחַת, נִכְנַסְתִּי לְהַקְטִיר קְטוֹרֶת לִפְנַי וְלִפְנִים, וְרָאִיתִי אַכְתְּרִיאֵל יָהּ ה׳ צְבָאוֹת, שֶׁהוּא יוֹשֵׁב עַל כִּסֵּא רָם וְנִשָּׂא, וְאָמַר לִי: ״יִשְׁמָעֵאל בְּנִי, בָּרְכֵנִי!״ אָמַרְתִּי לוֹ: ״יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ, שֶׁיִּכְבְּשׁוּ רַחֲמֶיךָ אֶת כַּעַסְךָ, וְיִגּוֹלּוּ רַחֲמֶיךָ עַל מִדּוֹתֶיךָ, וְתִתְנַהֵג עִם בָּנֶיךָ בְּמִדַּת הָרַחֲמִים, וְתִכָּנֵס לָהֶם לִפְנִים מִשּׁוּרַת הַדִּין״. וְנִעְנַע לִי בְּרֹאשׁוֹ.‏

It was taught in a Braisa: R' Yishmael ben Elisha said, "Once I entered to bring the Ketores in the inner chamber, and I saw Hashem was sitting on the throne, high and exalted, and He said to me, 'Yishmael, My son, bless Me.' I said to Him, 'May it be Your will that Your mercy conquer Your anger, that Your mercy roll over Your attributes, that You act with Your children with mercy, and that You open to them beyond the line of the law,' and He nodded His head to me."

This is word for word Hashem's prayer recorded on the previous line, with the first-person pronouns changed for second-person ones.

Ignoring the gross anthropomorphisms, the question of what it means that Hashem prays, etc., was R' Yishmael aware of the text of Hashem's prayer and formulated his blessing off of it? Or, conversely, did Rav deduce the text of Hashem's prayer based on this Braisa of R' Yishmael's prayer?

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