Prayer for Mercy and Help

1 Oh, that You would rend the heavens and 1come down, That the mountains might 2quake at Your presence -
2 As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil - To make Your name known to Your adversaries, That the 3nations may tremble at Your presence!
3 When You did 4awesome things which we did not expect, You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence.
4 For from days of old 5they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who 6waits for Him.
5 You 7meet him who rejoices in 8doing righteousness, Who 9remembers You in Your ways. Behold, 10You were angry, for we sinned, We continued in them a long time; And shall we be saved?
6 For all of us have become like one who is 11unclean, And all our 12righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us 13wither like a leaf, And our 14iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
7 There is 15no one who calls on Your name, Who arouses himself to take hold of You; For You have 16hidden Your face from us And have delivered us into the power of our iniquities.
8 But now, O LORD, 17You are our Father, We are the 18clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the 19work of Your hand.
11 Our holy and beautiful 25house, Where our fathers praised You, Has been burned by fire; And 26all our precious things have become a ruin.
12 Will You 27restrain Yourself at these things, O LORD? Will You keep silent and afflict us beyond measure?