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1 O that you would rend the heavens and descend,the mountains melting at your presence 2 as when fire is lit for boiling water,which bubbles over from the heatto make yourself known to your adversaries,the nations trembling at your presence 3 as when you performed awesome thingsunexpected by us: your descent of old,when the mountains quaked before you! 4 Never has it been heard or perceived by the ear,nor has any eye seen a God besides you,who acts thus on behalf of those who wait for him.
5 But you wound those of us who joyfully perform righteousness, who remember you by following your waysathat in them we might ever be saved.a Alas, you were roused to anger when we sinned, 6 and now we have altogether become as those defiled,the sum of our righteousness as a menstruous rag.We are decaying like leaves, all of us;our sins, like a wind, sweep us away.
7 Yet none calls upon your name,or rouses himself to take hold of you.For you have hidden your face from usand enfeebledb us at the hand of our iniquities. 8 Nevertheless, you are our Father, O Jehovah;we are the clay and you are the potter,and we are all alike the work of your hands.c 9 Be not exceedingly angry, O Jehovah;remember not iniquity forever.See, consider that we are all your people!
10 Your holy cities have become a wilderness;Zion is a desert, Jerusalem a desolation. 11 Our glorious holy templewhere our fathers praised youhas been burned with fire,and all places dear to us lie in ruins. 12 At all this, O Jehovah, will you restrain yourself,in silence letting us suffer so exceedingly?


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