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Isaiah 64 (New American Standard)

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Prayer for Mercy and Help

1 aOh, that You would rend the heavens and 1come down, That the mountains might 2quake at Your presence - 2 bAs 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 cdelivered 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. 9 Do not be 20angry beyond measure, O LORD, 21Nor remember iniquity forever; Behold, look now, all of us are 22Your people. 10 Your 23holy cities have become a 24wilderness, Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. 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?
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