1 If only You would tear the heavens open [and] come down, so that mountains would quake at Your presence-
2 as fire kindles the brushwood, and fire causes water to boil- to make Your name known to Your enemies, so that nations will tremble at Your presence!
3 When You did awesome deeds that we did not expect, You came down, and the mountains quaked at Your presence.
4 From ancient times no one has heard, no one has listened, no eye has seen any God except You, who acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him.
5 You welcome the one who joyfully does what is right; they remember You in Your ways. But we have sinned, and You were angry; we will remain in Your ways and be saved.
6 All of us have become like something unclean, and all our righteous acts are like a polluted garment; all of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities carry us away like the wind.
7 No one calls on Your name, striving to take hold of You. For You have hidden Your face from us and made us melt because ofour iniquity.
8 Yet Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are our potter; we all are the work of Your hands.
9 Lord, do not be terribly angry or remember [our] iniquity forever. Please look-all of us are Your people!
10 Your holy cities have become a wilderness; Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and beautiful temple, where our fathers praised You, has been burned with fire, and all that was dear to us lies in ruins.