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64 e If only You would tear the heavens open

and come down, f

so that mountains would quake at Your presence g

h as fire kindles the brushwood,

and fire causes water to boil—

to make Your name known to Your enemies,

so that nations will tremble at Your presence!

When You did awesome works i

that we did not expect,

You came down, j

and the mountains quaked at Your presence.

From ancient times no one has heard,

no one has listened,

no eye has seen any God except You,

who acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him. k

You welcome the one who joyfully does what is right;

they remember You in Your ways.

But we have sinned, and You were angry.

How can we be saved if we remain in our sins? l

All of us have become like something * unclean,

and all our righteous acts are like a polluted m garment; n

all of us wither like a leaf, o

and our iniquities p carry us away like the wind.

No one calls on Your name,

striving to take hold of You.

For You have hidden Your face from us q

and made us melt because of r s our iniquity.

Yet Lord, You are our Father; t

we are the clay, and You are our potter;

we all are the work of Your hands. u

Lord, do not be terribly angry

or remember our iniquity forever. v

Please look—all of us are Your people!

10 Your holy cities have become a wilderness;

* Zion has become a wilderness,

Jerusalem a desolation. w

11 Our holy and beautiful x temple,

where our fathers praised You,

has been burned with fire,

and all that was dear to us lies in ruins. y

12 Lord, after all this, will You restrain Yourself?

Will You keep silent and afflict severely? z


About The Holman Christian Standard Bible

The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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