64 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
so that the mountains would quake at your presence—
2 a as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who works for those who wait for him.
those who remember you in your ways.
But you were angry, and we sinned;
because you hid yourself we transgressed.b
and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
or attempts to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
and have deliveredc us into the hand of our iniquity.
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
and do not remember iniquity forever.
Now consider, we are all your people.
Zion has become a wilderness,
Jerusalem a desolation.
where our ancestors praised you,
has been burned by fire,
and all our pleasant places have become ruins.
Will you keep silent, and punish us so severely?
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