Isaiah 64:1-4

1 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before 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 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before 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.

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Isaiah 64:1-4 Meaning and Commentary


The prayer of the church is continued in this chapter; in which she prays for some visible display of the power and presence of God, as in times past, Isa 64:1-3, and the rather, since unheard of and unseen things were prepared by the Lord for his people; and it was his usual way to meet those that were truly religious, Isa 64:4,5, and she acknowledges her sins and transgressions; the imperfections of her own righteousness, and remissness in duty, Isa 64:5-7, pleads relation to God, and implores his mercy, Isa 64:8,9, represents the desolate condition of Judea, Zion, Jerusalem, and the temple, and entreats divine commiseration, Isa 64:10-12.

Cross References 9

  • 1. Psalms 18:9; Psalms 144:5
  • 2. ver 3; Micah 1:3
  • 3. S Exodus 19:18
  • 4. S Isaiah 30:27
  • 5. Psalms 99:1; Psalms 119:120; Jeremiah 5:22; Jeremiah 33:9
  • 6. S Psalms 65:5
  • 7. S Psalms 18:7
  • 8. S Isaiah 43:10-11
  • 9. S Isaiah 30:18; 1 Corinthians 2:9*
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