1 [^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.
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 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 calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; ¶ for you have hidden your face from us ¶ and have given us over to [^2] our sins.
8 Yet you, LORD, are our Father. ¶ We are the clay, you are the potter; ¶ we are all the work of your hand.
9 Do not be angry beyond measure, LORD; do not remember our sins forever. ¶ Oh, look on us, we pray, ¶ for we are all your people.
10 Your sacred cities have become a wasteland; even Zion is a wasteland, Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and glorious temple, where our ancestors praised you, has been burned with fire, ¶ and all that we treasured lies in ruins.
12 After all this, LORD, will you hold yourself back? Will you keep silent and punish us beyond measure?