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Isaiah 64

64
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1O that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down,
That the mountains might flow down at thy presence,
2As the fire kindleth the dry fuel,
As the fire causeth the waters to boil,
To make known thy name to thine adversaries,
That the nations may tremble at thy presence.
3When thou didst terrible things, which we expected not;
Thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.
4For from the remotest time men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear.
Neither hath the eye seen any God beside Thee,
That doeth such things for those who wait for him.
5Thou meetest them that rejoice and do justice,
Those that remember thee in thy ways:
Behold, thou wast wroth, when we sinned;
Thou watt against them of old, and shall we be saved?
6We are all of us as an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are as a filthy garment;
And we are all of us withered like a leaf;
And our iniquities, like the wind, have carried us away.
7There is none that calleth upon thy name,
That stirreth up himself to take hold of thee;
For thou hast hid thy face from us,
And caused us to melt away by reason of our sins.
8But now, O Jehovah, thou art our Father;
We are the clay, and thou hast formed us:
We are all of us the work of thy hand.
9Be not wroth very sore, O Jehovah,
Neither remember iniquity for ever:
Behold! see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.
10Thy holy cities are a wilderness,
Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
11Our holy and our beautiful house,
Where our fathers praised thee,
Is burned up with fire;
And all the objects of our desire are laid waste.
12Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O Jehovah?
Wilt thou keep silence, and afflict us very sore?

Isaiah 64

64
1If only you would tear the heavens open
and come down,#Ex 19:18; Ps 18:9; 144:5
so that mountains would quake at your presence#Jdg 5:5; Ps 68:8; Nah 1:5  —
2just as fire kindles brushwood,
and fire boils water —
to make your name known to your enemies,
so that nations would tremble at your presence!
3When you did awesome works#Dt 10:21; 2Sm 7:23; Ps 65:5
that we did not expect,
you came down,#Mc 1:3–4; Hab 3:13
and the mountains quaked at your presence.
4From ancient times no one has heard,
no one has listened to,
no eye has seen any God except you
who acts on behalf of the one who waits for him.#1Co 2:9
5You welcome the one who joyfully does what is right;
they remember you in your ways.
But we have sinned, and you were angry.
How can we be saved if we remain in our sins?#64:5 Lit angry; in them continually and we will be saved; Hb obscure
6All of us have become like something unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like a polluted#64:6 Lit menstrual garment;#Is 61:10; Php 3:7–9
all of us wither like a leaf,#Ps 90:5–6; Is 1:30
and our iniquities#Is 13:11 carry us away like the wind.
7No one calls on your name,
striving to take hold of you.
For you have hidden your face from us#Is 54:8
and made us melt because of#64:7 LXX, Syr, Vg, Tg read and delivered us into the hand of#64:7 Lit melt by the hand of our iniquity.
8Yet Lord, you are our Father;#Is 63:16
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we all are the work of your hands.#Is 29:16; 45:9; Jr 18:2–6; Rm 9:20–21
9 Lord, do not be terribly angry
or remember our iniquity forever.#Is 43:25; 57:17; Mc 7:18
Please look — all of us are your people!
10Your holy cities have become a wilderness;
Zion has become a wilderness,
Jerusalem a desolation.#Is 62:4
11Our holy and beautiful#64:11 Or glorious; Is 60:7 temple,
where our ancestors praised you,
has been burned down,
and all that was dear to us lies in ruins.#2Kg 25:9; Ps 74:5–7; Is 63:18; Mt 23:38
12 Lord, after all this, will you restrain yourself?
Will you keep silent and afflict us severely?#Is 42:14