1 Who is this who comes from Edom,
from the city of Bozrah,
with his clothing stained red?
Who is this in royal robes,
marching in his great strength?
“It is I, the Lord, announcing your salvation!
It is I, the Lord, who has the power to save!”
as if you have been treading out grapes?
no one was there to help me.
In my anger I have trampled my enemies
as if they were grapes.
In my fury I have trampled my foes.
Their blood has stained my clothes.
to ransom them from their oppressors.
to help the oppressed.
So I myself stepped in to save them with my strong arm,
and my wrath sustained me.
and made them stagger and fall to the ground,
spilling their blood upon the earth.”
7 I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love.
I will praise the Lord for all he has done.
I will rejoice in his great goodness to Israel,
which he has granted according to his mercy and love.
Surely they will not betray me again.”
And he became their Savior.
and he personally* rescued them.
In his love and mercy he redeemed them.
He lifted them up and carried them
through all the years.
and grieved his Holy Spirit.
So he became their enemy
and fought against them.
when Moses led his people out of Egypt.
They cried out, “Where is the one who brought Israel through the sea,
with Moses as their shepherd?
Where is the one who sent his Holy Spirit
to be among his people?
when Moses lifted up his hand—
the one who divided the sea before them,
making himself famous forever?
They were like fine stallions
racing through the desert, never stumbling.
the Spirit of the Lord gave them rest.
You led your people, Lord,
and gained a magnificent reputation.”
15 Lord, look down from heaven;
look from your holy, glorious home, and see us.
Where is the passion and the might
you used to show on our behalf?
Where are your mercy and compassion now?
Even if Abraham and Jacob* would disown us,
Lord, you would still be our Father.
You are our Redeemer from ages past.
Why have you given us stubborn hearts so we no longer fear you?
Return and help us, for we are your servants,
the tribes that are your special possession.
and now our enemies have destroyed it.
as though we had never been known as your people.