Isaiah 64

Prayer for Mercy and Help

Ch 63:19b in Heb
Oh, that You would rend the heavens and b  come down,
That the mountains might c  quake at Your presence
Ch 64:1 in Heb
As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil
To make Your name known to Your adversaries,
That the e  nations may tremble at Your presence!
3When You did f  awesome things which we did not expect,
You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence.
4For from days of old g  they have not heard or perceived by ear,
Nor has the eye seen a God besides You,
Who acts in behalf of the one who h  waits for Him.
5You i  meet him who rejoices in j  doing righteousness,
Who k  remembers You in Your ways.
Behold l  You were angry, for we sinned,
We continued in them a long time;
And shall we be saved?
6For all of us have become like one who is m  unclean,
And all our n  righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us o  wither like a leaf,
And our p  iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
7There is q  no one who calls on Your name,
Who arouses himself to take hold of You;
For You have r  hidden Your face from us
And have
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delivered us into the power of our iniquities.

8But now, O  Lord t  You are our Father,
We are the u  clay, and You our potter;
And all of us are the v  work of Your hand.
9Do not be w  angry beyond measure, O  Lord,
x  Nor remember iniquity forever;
Behold, look now, all of us are y  Your people.
10Your z  holy cities have become a aa  wilderness,
Zion has become a wilderness,
Jerusalem a desolation.
11Our holy and beautiful ab  house,
Where our fathers praised You,
Has been burned by fire;
And ac  all our precious things have become a ruin.
12Will You ad  restrain Yourself at these things, O  Lord?
Will You keep silent and afflict us beyond measure?

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