1 #Isaiah 64:1 in the English Bible begins here. In the Hebrew Bible, 63:19 continues Would that you would tear the heavens and come down;
the mountains would quake before you,
2#Isaiah 64:2–12 in the English Bible is 64:1–11 in the Hebrew Bible as fire kindles brushwood,
the fire causes water to boil,
to make your name known to your adversaries,
that the nations might tremble from your presence.#Literally “face”
3When you did terrible deeds which we did not expect,#Literally “await” you came down;
the mountains quaked because of your presence.#Literally “face”
4And since ancient times they have not heard,
have not listened,
no eye has seen a God except you;
he acts#Literally “makes” for the one who waits for him.
5You meet with the one who rejoices,
one who does righteousness.
In your ways they remember you.
Look! You were angry and we sinned against them in ancient times and we were saved.
6And we all have become like the unclean,
and all our deeds of justice like a menstrual cloth,
And we all wither like a leaf,
and our iniquities take us away like the wind.
7And there is no one who calls on your name,
who pulls himself up to keep hold of you,
for you have hidden your face from us,#Or “him”
and melted us into the hand of our iniquity.
8Yet now Yahweh, you are our father;
we are the clay and you are our potter,#Literally “one who fashions”
and we all are the work of your hand.
9You must not be exceedingly angry, Yahweh,
and you must not remember iniquity forever!
Look! Behold, now! We all are your people!
10Your holy cities#Literally “The cities of your holiness” have become a wilderness;
Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
11Our holy and beautiful temple,#Literally “the house of our holiness and our beauty” where our ancestors#Or “fathers” praised you has been burned#Literally “been for burning” by fire,
and all our precious objects have become ruins.#Hebrew “ruin”
12Will you control yourself because of these, Yahweh?
Will you be silent?
And will you oppress us exceedingly?