1 1 If only you would tear apart the sky2 and come down! The mountains would tremble3 before you!
2 As when fire ignites dry wood,
or fire makes water boil,
let your adversaries know who you are,4
and may the nations shake at your presence!
3 When you performed awesome deeds that took us by surprise,5 you came down, and the mountains trembled6 before you. 4 Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived,7
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who intervenes for those who wait for him.
5 You assist8 those who delight in doing what is right,9 who observe your commandments.10
Look, you were angry because we violated them continually.
How then can we be saved?11
6 We are all like one who is unclean,
all our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in your sight.12
We all wither like a leaf;
our sins carry us away like the wind.
7 No one invokes13 your name, or makes an effort14 to take hold of you. For you have rejected us15 and handed us over to our own sins.16 8 Yet,17 Lord, you are our father.
We are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the product of your labor.18
9 Lord, do not be too angry!
Do not hold our sins against us continually!19 Take a good look at your people, at all of us!20 10 Your chosen21 cities have become a desert;
Zion has become a desert,
Jerusalem22 is a desolate ruin. 11 Our holy temple, our pride and joy,23
the place where our ancestors praised you,
has been burned with fire;
all our prized possessions have been destroyed.24 12 In light of all this,25 how can you still hold back, Lord?
How can you be silent and continue to humiliate us?