1aOh, that You would rend the heavens and 1comedown, That the mountains might 2quake at Your presence -
2bAs firekindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil - To make Your nameknown to Your adversaries, That the 3nations may tremble at Your presence !
When You did4awesomethings which we did not expect, You camedown, the mountainsquaked at Your presence.
For from days of old5they have not heardorperceived by ear, Nor has the eyeseen a Godbesides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who 6waits for Him.
You 7meet him who rejoices in 8doingrighteousness, Who 9remembers You in Your ways. Behold, 10You were angry, for we sinned, We continued in them a longtime ; And shall we be saved ?
For all of us have become like one who is 11unclean, And all our 12righteousdeeds are like a filthygarment ; And all of us 13wither like a leaf, And our 14iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
7There is 15noone who calls on Your name, Who arouses himself to takehold of You; For You have 16hidden Your face from us And have cdelivered us into the power of our iniquities.
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.
Do not be 20angrybeyondmeasure, O LORD, 21Norrememberiniquityforever ; Behold, looknow, all of us are 22Your people.
Your 23holycities have become a 24wilderness, Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
Our holy and beautiful25house, Where our fatherspraised You, Has beenburned by fire ; And 26all our preciousthings have become a ruin.
Will You 27restrain Yourself at thesethings, O LORD ? Will You keepsilent and afflict us beyondmeasure ?