Isaiah 64:1-12 NIV
1Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would tremble before You!
2As when fire sets twigs ablaze
and causes water to boil,
come down to make Your Name known to Your enemies
and cause the nations to quake before You!
3For when You did awesome things that we did not expect,
You came down, and the mountains trembled before You.
4Since ancient times no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides You,
Who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.
5You come to the help of those who gladly do right,
Who remember Your ways.
But when we continued to sin against them,
You were angry.
How then can we be saved?
6All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
7No one calls on Your Name
or strives to lay hold of You;
for You have hidden Your face from us
and have given us over toa our sins.
8Yet You, Lord, are our Father.
We are the clay, You are the Potter;
we are all the work of Your Hand.
9Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord;
do not remember our sins forever.
Oh, look on us, we pray,
for we are all Your people.
10Your sacred cities have become a wasteland;
even Zion is a wasteland, Jerusalem a desolation.
11Our Holy and Glorious Temple, where our ancestors praised You,
has been burned with fire,
and all that we treasured lies in ruins.
12 After all this, Lord, will You hold Yourself back?
Will You keep silent and punish us beyond measure?
The prayer of the prophet is continued in this chapter; in which she prays for some visible display of the Power and Presence of God, as in times past, Isaiah 64:1, and the rather, since unheard of and unseen things were prepared by the Lord for His people; and it was His usual way to meet those that were truly penitent, Isaiah 64:4, and she acknowledges her sins and transgressions; the imperfections of her own righteousness, and remissness in duty, Isaiah 64:5, pleads relation to God, and implores His mercy, Isaiah 64:8, represents the desolate condition of Judea, Zion, Jerusalem, and the Temple, and entreats Divine Compassion, Isaiah 64:10.