Isaiah Chapter 64 |
1As when fire kindles brushwood,
And fire makes water boil—
To make Your name known to Your adversaries
So that nations will tremble at Your Presence,
2When You did wonders we dared not hope for,
You came down
And mountains quaked before You.
3Such things had never been heard or noted.
No eye has seen [them], O God, but You,
Who act for those who trust in You.
4Yet you have struck him who would gladly do justice,
And remember You in Your ways.
It is because You are angry that we have sinned;
We have been steeped in them from of old,
And can we be saved?
5We have all become like an unclean thing,
And all our virtues like a filthy rag.
We are all withering like leaves,
And our iniquities, like a wind, carry us off.
6Yet no one invokes Your name,
Rouses himself to cling to You.
For You have hidden Your face from us,
And made us melt because of our iniquities.
7But now, O Lord, You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You are the Potter,
We are all the work of Your hands.
8Be not implacably angry, O Lord,
Do not remember iniquity forever.
Oh, look down to Your people, to us all!
9Your holy cities have become a desert:
Zion has become a desert,
Jerusalem a desolation.
10Our holy Temple, our pride,
Where our fathers praised You,
Has been consumed by fire:
And all that was dear to us is ruined.
11At such things will You restrain Yourself, O Lord,
Will You stand idly by and let us suffer so heavily?