Isaiah 64 King James Version

64 Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, 2  As when the melting [1] fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence! 3  When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence. 4  For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, [2] O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. 5  Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.

6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. 7  And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed [3] us, because of our iniquities. 8  But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. 9  Be not wroth very sore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people. 10  Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. 11  Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste. 12  Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O Lord? wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore?


[1] 64:2 the melting...: Heb. the fire of meltings

[2] 64:4 seen...: or, seen a God beside thee, which doeth so for him, etc

[3] 64:7 consumed: Heb. melted

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