1Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down , that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,2
As when the meltingafireburneth , the fire causeth the waters to boil , to make thy nameknown to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!3
When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down , the mountains flowed down at thy presence.4
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard , nor perceived by the ear , neither hath the eyeseen ,b O God,beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and workethrighteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth ; for we have sinned : in those is continuance, and we shall be saved .
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthyrags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away .
And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumedc us, because of our iniquities.8
But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter ; and we all are the work of thy hand.9
Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither rememberiniquity for ever: behold, see , we beseech thee, we are all thy people.10
Thy holycities are a wilderness,Zion is a wilderness,Jerusalem a desolation.11
Our holy and our beautifulhouse, where our fatherspraised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.12
Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O LORD? wilt thou hold thy peace , and afflict us very sore?