64 Rip the heavens apart! Come down, Lord; make the mountains tremble. 2 Be a spark that starts a fire causing water to boil.[a] Then your enemies will know who you are; all nations will tremble because you are nearby.
3 Your fearsome deeds have completely amazed us; even the mountains shake when you come down. 4 You are the only God ever seen or heard of who works miracles for his followers.
5 You help all who gladly obey and do what you want, but sin makes you angry. Only by your help can we ever be saved.[b] 6 We are unfit to worship you; each of our good deeds is merely a filthy rag. We dry up like leaves; our sins are storm winds sweeping us away. 7 No one worships in your name or remains faithful. You have turned your back on us and let our sins melt us away.[c]
8 You, Lord, are our Father. We are nothing but clay, but you are the potter who molded us. 9 Don’t be so furious or keep our sins in your thoughts forever! Remember that all of us are your people. 10 Every one of your towns has turned into a desert, especially Jerusalem. 11 Zion’s glorious and holy temple where our ancestors praised you has been destroyed by fire. Our beautiful buildings are now a pile of ruins. 12 When you see these things, how can you just sit there and make us suffer more?
64.2Be. . . boil: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
64.5saved: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 5.
64.7and let. . . away: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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