Isaiah 64

64:1 ( 63:19b)1 If only you would tear apart the sky2 and come down!

The mountains would tremble3 before you!

64:2 (64:1) As when fire ignites dry wood,

or fire makes water boil,

let your adversaries know who you are,4

and may the nations shake at your presence!

64:3 When you performed awesome deeds that took us by surprise,5

you came down, and the mountains trembled6 before you.

64:4 Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived,7

no eye has seen any God besides you,

who intervenes for those who wait for him.

64:5 You assist8 those who delight in doing what is right,9

who observe your commandments.10

Look, you were angry because we violated them continually.

How then can we be saved?11

64:6 We are all like one who is unclean,

all our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in your sight.12

We all wither like a leaf;

our sins carry us away like the wind.

64:7 No one invokes13 your name,

or makes an effort14 to take hold of you.

For you have rejected us15

and handed us over to our own sins.16

64:8 Yet,17 Lord, you are our father.

We are the clay, and you are our potter;

we are all the product of your labor.18

64:9 Lord, do not be too angry!

Do not hold our sins against us continually!19

Take a good look at your people, at all of us!20

64:10 Your chosen21 cities have become a desert;

Zion has become a desert,

Jerusalem22 is a desolate ruin.

64:11 Our holy temple, our pride and joy,23

the place where our ancestors praised you,

has been burned with fire;

all our prized possessions have been destroyed.24

64:12 In light of all this,25 how can you still hold back, Lord?

How can you be silent and continue to humiliate us?

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