1 Oh that You would rend the heavens and come down! That the mountains would quake at Your presence,
2 as the brushwood fire burns, as the fire causes water to boil; to make Your name
known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence!
3 When You did awesome things which we did not look for, You came down, the
mountains shook at Your presence.
4 For since ancient times they have not heard, nor been obedient. Eye has not seen any god besides You, who works for him who waits for Him.
5 You meet him who rejoices and works righteousness, those who remember You in Your ways (Behold, You were angry, for we sinned continually), and we shall be saved.
6 But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like a
menstruation cloth. And we all fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have
taken us away.
7 And there is no one who calls upon Your name, who stirs up himself to take hold of
You. For You have hidden Your face from us, and have melted us away because of our
8 But now, O Jehovah, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are the One who
forms us; and we all are the work of Your hand.
9 Do not be greatly furious, O Jehovah, nor remember iniquity forever. Behold, please
look. We all are Your people.
10 Your holy cities are a wilderness; Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem is a desolation.
11 Our holy and beautiful house, where our fathers praised You, is burned up with fire;
and all our pleasant things are laid waste.
12 Will You restrain Yourself over these things, O Jehovah? Will You be silent and
greatly afflict us?