64 [a]If only you would tear open the heavens and[b] come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence— 2 [c]just as fire sets twigs[d] ablaze and the fire causes water to boil— to make known your name to your enemies, yes, to your enemies before you,[e] so that the nations might quake at your presence! 3 When you did awesome deeds that we expected,[f] you came down, and the mountains shuddered before you.
4 Since[g] ancient times no one has heard, and[h] no ear has perceived, and[i] no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. 5 You come to the aid of those who gladly do what’s right, To those who remember you in your ways. See, you were angry, and we sinned against them for a long time, but we will be saved.
6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and[j] all our righteous acts are like a filthy rag; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind, our iniquities[k] sweep us away. 7 There is no one who calls on your name or rouses himself to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have given us[l] into the control[m] of our iniquity.
God, our Father, will Act
8 But as for you,[n] O Lord, you are our Father; and[o] we are clay,[p] and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hands.[q] 9 Don’t be angry beyond measure, Lord, and don’t remember our iniquity for a season.[r] Please look now, we are all your people. 10 Your holy cities have become a desert; Zion has become like[s] a desert, Jerusalem a desolation. 11 Our holy Temple and our splendor, where our ancestors praised you, have become[t] a conflagration of fire, and all our dearest places have become[u] ruins. 12 Lord, after all this, can you hold yourself back? Can you keep silent and punish us so severely?
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