Prayer for Mercy and Help
1 Oh, F848 that You would rend the heavens and come R2635 down,
That the mountains might quake R2636 at Your presence--
2 As F849 fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil--
To make Your name known to Your adversaries,
That the nations R2637 may tremble at Your presence!
3 When You did awesome R2638 things which we did not expect,
You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence.
4 For from days of old they R2639 have not heard or perceived by ear,
Nor has the eye seen a God besides You,
Who acts in behalf of the one who waits R2640 for Him.
5 You meet R2641 him who rejoices in doing R2642 righteousness,
Who remembers R2643 You in Your ways.
Behold, You R2644 were angry, for we sinned,
We continued in them a long time;
And shall we be saved?
6 For all of us have become like one who is unclean, R2645
And all our righteous R2646 deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither R2647 like a leaf,
And our iniquities, R2648 like the wind, take us away.
7 There is no R2649 one who calls on Your name,
Who arouses himself to take hold of You;
For You have hidden R2650 Your face from us
And have delivered F850 us into the power of our iniquities.
8 But now, O LORD, You R2651 are our Father,
We are the clay, R2652 and You our potter;
And all of us are the work R2653 of Your hand.
9 Do not be angry R2654 beyond measure, O LORD,
Nor R2655 remember iniquity forever;
Behold, look now, all of us are Your R2656 people.
10 Your holy R2657 cities have become a wilderness, R2658
Zion has become a wilderness,
Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and beautiful house, R2659
Where our fathers praised You,
Has been burned by fire;
And all R2660 our precious things have become a ruin.
12 Will You restrain R2661 Yourself at these things, O LORD?
Will You keep silent and afflict us beyond measure?
F848: Ch 63:19b in Heb
F849: Ch 64:1 in Heb
F850: Reading with the DSS and versions; M.T. melted
R2635: Exodus 19:18; Psalms 18:9; 144:5; Micah 1:3,4; Habakkuk 3:13
R2636: Judges 5:5; Psalms 68:8; Nahum 1:5
R2637: Psalms 99:1; Jeremiah 5:22; 33:9
R2638: Psalms 65:5; 66:3,5; 106:22
R2639: 1 Corinthians 2:9
R2640: Isaiah 25:9; 30:18; 40:31
R2641: Exodus 20:24
R2642: Isaiah 56:1
R2643: Isaiah 26:13; 63:7
R2644: Isaiah 12:1
R2645: Isaiah 6:5
R2646: Isaiah 46:12; 48:1
R2647: Psalms 90:5,6; Isaiah 1:30
R2648: Isaiah 50:1
R2649: Isaiah 59:4; Ezekiel 22:30
R2650: Deuteronomy 31:18; Isaiah 1:15; 54:8
R2651: Isaiah 63:16
R2652: Isaiah 29:16; 45:9
R2653: Psalms 100:3; Isaiah 60:21
R2654: Isaiah 57:17; 60:10
R2655: Isaiah 43:25; Micah 7:18
R2656: Psalms 79:13; Isaiah 63:8
R2657: Isaiah 48:2; 52:1
R2658: Isaiah 1:7; 6:11
R2659: 2 Kings 25:9; Psalms 74:5-7; Isaiah 63:18
R2660: Lamentations 1:7,10,11
R2661: Psalms 74:10,11,18,19; Isaiah 42:14; 63:15