Modern English Version
64 Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains might shake at Your presence,
2 as when the melting fire burns,
as the fire causes the waters to boil,
to make Your name known to Your adversaries,
that the nations may tremble at Your presence!
3 When You did awesome things for which we did not look,
You came down; the mountains quaked at Your presence.
4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard,
nor perceived by ear,
neither has the eye seen a God besides You,
who acts for the one who waits for Him.
5 You meet him who rejoices in doing righteousness,
those who remember You in Your ways.
Indeed, You were angry, for we had sinned;
in our sins we remained a long time,
and shall we be saved?
6 But we all are as an unclean thing,
and all our righteousness is as filthy rags;
and we all fade as a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
7 There is no one who calls on Your name,
who stirs up himself to take hold of You;
for You have hidden Your face from us
and have consumed us because of our iniquities.
8 But now, O Lord, You are our Father;
we are the clay, and You are our potter;
and we all are the work of Your hand.
9 Do not be wrathful beyond measure, O Lord,
nor remember iniquity forever;
look upon us, we pray,
we all are Your people.
10 Your holy cities are a wilderness;
Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and beautiful house where our fathers praised You
is burned up with fire;
and all our precious things are laid waste.
12 Will You refrain Yourself from these things, O Lord?
Will You hold Your peace and afflict us beyond measure?