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64 Oh, that You would 1rend the heavens!

That You would come down!

That the mountains might shake at Your apresence—

2 As fire burns brushwood,

As fire causes water to boil—

To make Your name known to Your adversaries,

That the nations may tremble at Your presence!

3 When bYou did awesome things for which we did not look,

You came down,

The mountains shook at Your presence.

4 For since the beginning of the world

cMen have not heard nor perceived by the ear,

Nor has the eye seen any God besides You,

Who acts for the one who waits for Him.

5 You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness,

Who remembers You in Your ways.

You are indeed angry, for we have sinned—

dIn these ways we continue;

And we need to be saved.

6 But we are all like an unclean thing,

And all eour righteousnesses are like 2filthy rags;

We all ffade as a leaf,

And our iniquities, like the wind,

Have taken us away.

7 And there is no one who calls on Your name,

Who stirs himself up to take hold of You;

For You have hidden Your face from us,

And have 3consumed us because of our iniquities.

8 But now, O Lord,

You are our Father;

We are the clay, and You our gpotter;

And all we are the work of Your hand.

9 Do not be furious, O Lord,

Nor remember iniquity forever;

Indeed, please look—we all are Your people!

10 Your holy cities are a wilderness,

Zion is a wilderness,

Jerusalem a desolation.

11 Our holy and beautiful 4temple,

Where our fathers praised You,

Is burned up with fire;

And all hour pleasant things 5are laid waste.

12 iWill You restrain Yourself because of these things, O Lord?

jWill You 6hold Your peace, and afflict us very severely?


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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