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Isaiah 64 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Tear open the skies and come down to earth so that the mountains will tremble before you. 1 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!
2 Like a fire that burns twigs, like a fire that makes water boil, let your enemies know who you are. Then all nations will shake with fear when they see you. 2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you!
3 You have done amazing things we did not expect. You came down, and the mountains trembled before you. 3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
4 From long ago no one has ever heard of a God like you. No one has ever seen a God besides you, who helps the people who trust you. 4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
5 You help those who enjoy doing good, who remember how you want them to live. But you were angry because we sinned. For a long time we disobeyed, so how can we be saved? 5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry. How then can we be saved?
6 All of us are dirty with sin. All the right things we have done are like filthy pieces of cloth. All of us are like dead leaves, and our sins, like the wind, have carried us away. 6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
7 No one worships you or even asks you to help us. That is because you have turned away from us and have let our sins destroy us. 7 No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and made us waste away because of our sins.
8 But Lord, you are our father. We are like clay, and you are the potter; your hands made us all. 8 Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
9 Lord, don't continue to be angry with us; don't remember our sins forever. Please, look at us, because we are your people. 9 Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look upon us, we pray, for we are all your people.
10 Your holy cities are empty like the desert. Jerusalem is like a desert; it is destroyed. 10 Your sacred cities have become a desert; even Zion is a desert, Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our ancestors worshiped you in our holy and wonderful Temple, but now it has been burned with fire, and all our precious things have been destroyed. 11 Our holy and glorious temple, where our fathers praised you, has been burned with fire, and all that we treasured lies in ruins.
12 When you see these things, will you hold yourself back from helping us, Lord? Will you be silent and punish us beyond what we can stand? 12 After all this, O LORD, will you hold yourself back? Will you keep silent and punish us beyond measure?