THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Isaiah 64 ©
The people of God go on in their prayer which they began at the end of the 63rd chapter, v. 1. Beseeching God to deliver them as he had done formerly, 3. Confessing and acknowledging their abominable sins, 6. And their own unworthiness, 8. Praying especially for the building up of Jerusalem, 10.
OH1 that thou wouldest 2rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might 3flow down at thy presence,
As when 4the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make 5thy name known to 6thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!
7When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, 8thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.
9For since the beginning of the world men have nota heard, nor perceived by the ear, 10neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what 11he hath prepared for him 12that waiteth for him.
13Thou meetest him 14that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, 15those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, 16thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in 17those is continuance, 18and we shall be saved.
But we are all as an unclean thing, and 19all our righteousnesses are 20as filthy rags; and 21web all do fade 22as a leaf; and our 23iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
And there is 24none that 25calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself 26to take hold of thee: for thou 27hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, 28because of our iniquities.
But now, O LORD, 29thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our 30potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
¶Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither rememberc iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.
31Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, 32Jerusalem a desolation.
33Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, 34is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.
Wilt thou 35refrain thyself 36for these things, O LORD? wilt thou hold thy peace, and 37afflict us very sore?