1 Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your 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 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 [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 -- In these ways we continue; And we need to be saved.
6 But we are all like an unclean [thing,] And all our righteousnesses [are] like filthy rags; We all 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 consumed us because of our iniquities.
8 But now, O LORD, You [are] our Father; We [are] the clay, and You our 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 temple, Where our fathers praised You, Is burned up with fire; And all our pleasant things are laid waste.
12 Will You restrain Yourself because of these [things,] O LORD? Will You hold Your peace, and afflict us very severely?
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