Vengeance against the nations
1Who is this coming from Edom,
from Bozrah in bright red garments,
this splendidly dressed one, striding#Or stooping with great power?
It is I, proclaiming righteousness, powerful to save!
2Why is your clothing red,
and your garments like those of one who stomps on grapes?
3I have pressed out in the vat by myself—from the peoples, no one was with me.
I stomped on them in my anger,
trampled them in my wrath.
Their blood splashed on my garments,
and stained all my clothing,
4because I intended a day of vengeance;
the year of my deliverance had arrived.
5I looked and found no helper;
I was astonished to find no supporter.
But my arm brought victory for me;
my wrath helped me.
6I trampled down nations in my anger
and made them drunk on my wrath;
I spilled their blood on the ground.
Prayer of yearning
7I will recount the Lord’s faithful acts;
I will sing the Lord’s praises,
because of all the Lord did for us,
for God’s great favor toward the house of Israel.
God treated them compassionately
and with deep affection.
8God said, "Truly, they are my people,
children who won’t do what is wrong."
God became their savior.
9During all their distress, God also was distressed,
so a messenger who served him saved them.
In love and mercy God redeemed them,
lifting and carrying them throughout earlier times.
10But they rebelled,
and made God’s holy spirit terribly sad,
so that he turned into their enemy—
he fought against them!
11Then they remembered earlier times,
when he rescued his people.#Or Moses, his people
Where was the one who drew them up from the sea,
the shepherd#LXX, Tg; MT shepherds of the flock?
Where was the one who put within them his holy spirit;
12the one who guided Moses’ strong hand
with his glorious arm;
who split the water for them
to create an enduring reputation for himself,
13and who guided them through the depths?
Like a horse in the desert, they didn’t stumble.
14Like cattle descending to the valley,
the Lord’s spirit brought them to rest.
In this way you led your people
and made for yourself a glorious reputation.
15Look down from heaven and see,
from your holy and glorious perch.
Where are your energy and your might,
your concern and your pity?
Don’t hold back!#Heb uncertain
16You are surely our father,
even though Abraham doesn’t know us,
and Israel doesn’t recognize us.
You, Lord, are our father;
your reputation since long ago is that of our redeemer.
17Why do you lead us astray, Lord,
from your ways?
Why do you harden our heart
so we don’t fear you?
Return for the sake of your servants
the tribes that are your heritage!
18Why did the wicked bring down your holy place?#Cf LXX, Vulg; Heb uncertain
Why did our enemies trample your sanctuary?
19For too long we have been like those you don’t rule,
like those not known by your name.