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Isaiah 64 The Passion Translation (TPT)

A Cry for Revival

64 God, if only you would tear open

    the heavenly realm and come down!
    How the mountains would tremble[a]
    in your awesome presence![b]
In the same way that fire sets kindling to blaze
    and causes water to boil,
    let the fire of your presence[c] come down.
    Reveal to your enemies your mighty name
    and cause the nations to tremble before you!
When you did amazing wonders we didn’t expect,
    you came down,
    and mountains shuddered in your presence!
These amazing things had never been heard of before;
    you did things never dreamed of!
    No one perceived your greatness.
    No eye has ever seen a God like you,[d]
    who intervenes for those[e]
    who wait and long[f] for you![g]
Those who delight in doing what is right—
    you go out to meet[h] them with kindness.
    They remember you and cherish your ways.
    You showed your anger
    when we sinned again and again,
    yet we can be saved.[i]

Sin Is Our Problem

We have all become contaminated with sin,
    and you see our self-righteousness as nothing better
    than a menstrual rag.
    We are all like fallen leaves,
    and our sins sweep us away like the wind.[j]
No one calls on your name
    or presses in to lay hold of you,
    for you have hidden your face from us.
    You have let us be ruined[k] by our own sins.

The Master Potter

Yet still, Yahweh, you are our Father.
    We are like clay and you are our Potter.
    Each one of us is the creative, artistic work of your hands.
Yahweh, don’t be angry with us!
    Don’t remember our sins again forever!
    Please look at us; we are your people.
10 Your sacred cities are abandoned like a desert;
    Zion is a wasteland; Jerusalem sits in ruins.
11 Our holy temple, our source of pride,
    where our ancestors sang your praise,
    has been consumed by fire.
    All that we held dear has been destroyed.
12 Now, Yahweh, after all this, are you still unmoved?
    Will you continue to stand silently by
    and afflict us so severely?


  1. Isaiah 64:1 See Judg. 5:5; Hab. 3:6. Mountains can also symbolize governments and kingdoms. There is one King and one kingdom that rises above every other mountain (Isa. 2:1-5).
  2. Isaiah 64:1 Or “before your faces.”
  3. Isaiah 64:2 Fire is a frequent metaphor for the presence of God. See Gen. 3:24; Ex. 3:1-2; Isa. 4:5; 6:6; 10:16-17; 29:6; 30:27, 30; 31:9; 33:12, 14; 66:15-16, 24; Acts 2:3; Heb. 12:29.
  4. Isaiah 64:4 See 1 John 1:1-4.
  5. Isaiah 64:4 Or “who works on behalf of those.”
  6. Isaiah 64:4 The Hebrew word chakah implies waiting with trusting anticipation (longing).
  7. Isaiah 64:4 Or “him.” See Isa. 40:31; 1 Cor. 2:9-10.
  8. Isaiah 64:5 Or “You attack them [with kindness].”
  9. Isaiah 64:5 Or, as a question, “How can we be saved?” There is no verse in Isaiah that is more perplexing and difficult to translate than this one. The exact Hebrew meaning is uncertain.
  10. Isaiah 64:6 The implication is that we are whirled along by the wind of our sins.
  11. Isaiah 64:7 Or “melted by our own sins.”
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