1 Oh that thou mightest rend the heavens, come down: at thy presence would mountains then melt away.
2 As fire is kindled on brushwood, as water is made to bubble up by fireto make thy name known to thy adversaries, that at thy presence nations might tremble!
3 As when thou didst fearful deeds which we had not looked for, thou camest down, while at thy presence mountains melted away;
4 Yea! what from the beginning of the world men had not heard, not perceived by their hearing; no eye also had seen a god beside thee, who could do the like for the one that waiteth for him.
5 Thou acceptest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou wast wroth, for we had sinned on them continually; and can we thus be saved?
6 And we are become like an unclean man all of us, and like a soiled garment, all our righteousness; and we wither like a leaf all of us; and our iniquities, like the wind, will bear us away.
7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth himself up to lay hold of thee; for thou hast hidden thy face from us, and hast let us melt away, through the force of our iniquities.
8 But now, O Lord, our father art thou; we are the clay, and thou our fashioner; and the work of thy hand are we all.
9 Be not wroth, O Lord, so very greatly, and do not for ever remember our iniquity: behold, look, we beseech thee, thy people are we all.
10 Thy holy cities are become a wilderness, Zion is become a wilderness, Jerusalem, a desolate place.
11 Our holy and beautiful house where our fathers praised thee, is burnt up with fire; and all our costly things are become ruins.
12 Wilt thou for these things refrain thyself, O Lord? wilt thou be silent, and afflict us so very greatly?