1Oh, that You would tear the heavens open, come down, that mountains shall shake before You –
2as when fire burns twigs, as fire makes water boil – to make Your Name known to Your adversaries, so that nations tremble before You.
3When You did awesome matters, which we did not expect, You came down, mountains did shake before You!
4Since the beginning of the ages they have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any Elohim besides You, who acts for those who wait for Him.
5You shall meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways. See, You were wroth when we sinned in them a long time. And should we be saved?
6And all of us have become as one unclean, and all our righteousnesses are as soiled rags. And all of us fade like a leaf, and our crookednesses, like the wind, have taken us away.
7And there is no one who calls on Your Name, who stirs himself up to be strengthened#Commonly understood as “Take hold of.” in You; for You have hidden Your face from us, and have consumed us because of our crookednesses.
8And now, O יהוה, You are our Father. We are the clay, and You our potter. And we are all the work of Your hand.
9Do not be wroth, O יהוה, nor remember crookedness forever. See, please look, all of us are Your people!
10Your set-apart cities have become a wilderness, Tsiyon has become a wilderness, Yerushalayim a waste.
11Our set-apart and comely House, where our fathers praised You, has been burned up with fire. And all that we treasured has become a ruin.
12In view of all this, would You restrain Yourself, O יהוה? Would You keep silent and afflict us beyond measure?