Oh, that You would 1 rend the heavens!
That You would come down!
That the mountains might shake at Your a presence - 2 As fire burns brushwood,
As fire causes water to boil -
To make Your name known to Your adversaries,
That the nations may tremble at Your presence! 3 When b You did awesome things for which we did not look,
You came down,
The mountains shook at Your presence. 4 For since the beginning of the world
c Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear,
Nor has the eye seen any God besides You,
Who acts for the one who waits for Him. 5 You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness,
Who remembers You in Your ways.
You are indeed angry, for we have sinned -
d In these ways we continue;
And we need to be saved. 6 But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all e our righteousnesses are like 2 filthy rags;
We all f fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away. 7 And there is no one who calls on Your name,
Who stirs himself up to take hold of You;
For You have hidden Your face from us,
And have 3 consumed us because of our iniquities.
But now, O LORD,
You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our g potter;
And all we are the work of Your hand. 9 Do not be furious, O LORD,
Nor remember iniquity forever;
Indeed, please look - we all are Your people! 10 Your holy cities are a wilderness,
Zion is a wilderness,
Jerusalem a desolation. 11 Our holy and beautiful 4 temple,
Where our fathers praised You,
Is burned up with fire;
And all h our pleasant things 5 are laid waste. 12 i Will You restrain Yourself because of these things, O LORD?
j Will You 6 hold Your peace, and afflict us very severely?