64 If only you would tear open the ·skies [heavens] and come down to earth so that the mountains would ·tremble [shake] before you. 2 Like a fire that ·burns [kindles; ignites] ·twigs [dry wood], like a fire that makes water boil, let your ·enemies [adversaries] know ·who you are [L your name]. Then all nations will shake with fear ·when they see you [before you]. 3 You have done amazing things ·we did not expect [beyond our expectations]. You came down, and the mountains trembled before you. 4 From ·long ago [ancient times; of old] no ·one [L ear] has ever heard of a God like you. No ·one [L eye] has ever seen a God besides you, who ·helps [acts on behalf of] the people who ·trust [wait for] you. 5 You help those who ·enjoy doing good [joyfully act righteously], who remember ·how you want them to live [L your ways/paths]. ·But [L Look; T Behold] you were angry because we sinned. For a long time we disobeyed, so how can we be saved? 6 All of us ·are dirty with sin [became like an unclean/defiled thing]. All ·the right things we have done [our righteous deeds] are like ·filthy pieces of cloth [filthy garments/rags; or a menstrual cloth; 30:22]. All of us ·are [fade; shrivel] like dead leaves, and our ·sins [iniquities], like the wind, have carried us away. 7 No one ·worships you [L calls on your name] or ·even asks you to help us [L rouses himself to lay hold of you]. That is because you have ·turned away [hidden your face] from us and have ·let our sins destroy us [given us over to our sins].[a]
8 But Lord, you are our father. We are like clay, and you are the potter; your hands made us all. 9 Lord, don’t continue to be angry with us; don’t remember our sins forever. Please, look at us, because we are your people. 10 Your holy cities ·are empty like the desert [have become a wilderness/wasteland]. ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple] is like a ·desert [wilderness; wasteland]; it is ·destroyed [a desolation]. 11 Our ancestors worshiped you in our holy and wonderful Temple, but now it has been burned with fire, and all our ·precious [treasured; pleasant] things have ·been destroyed [become ruins]. 12 ·When you see these things [After this], will you hold yourself back from helping us, Lord? Will you be silent and punish us beyond ·what we can stand [measure]?
Isaiah 64:7let our sins destroy us Greek, Syriac, and Aramaic copies read “given us over to our sins.” Hebrew copies read “caused us to melt in the hand of our sin.”
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