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Isaiah 64

64
LXIV
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
A Prayer for God’s Power
1If only You would rend the heavens and come down,
so that mountains would quake at Your presence,
2as fire kindles the brushwood
and causes the water to boil,
to make Your name known to Your enemies,
so that the nations will tremble at Your presence!
3When You did awesome works that we did not expect,
You came down, and the mountains trembled at Your presence.
4From ancient times no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides You,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.#64:4 Cited in 1 Corinthians 2:9
5You welcome those who gladly do right,
who remember Your ways.
Surely You were angry, for we sinned.
How can we be saved if we remain in our sins?
6Each of us has become like something unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;#64:6 Or like a stained menstrual garment
we all wither like a leaf,
and our iniquities carry us away like the wind.
7No one calls on Your name
or strives to take hold of You.
For You have hidden Your face from us
and delivered us into the hand #64:7 LXX, Syriac, and Targum Yonaton; MT have made us melt in the hand of our iniquity.
8But now, O Lord, You are our Father;
we are the clay, and You are the potter;
we are all the work of Your hand.
9Do not be angry, O Lord, beyond measure;
do not remember our iniquity forever.
Oh, look upon us, we pray;
we are all Your people!
10Your holy cities have become a wilderness.
Zion has become a wasteland and Jerusalem a desolation.
11Our holy and beautiful temple,
where our fathers praised You,
has been burned with fire,
and all that was dear to us lies in ruins.
12After all this, O Lord,
will You restrain Yourself?
Will You keep silent
and afflict us beyond measure?