1 Oh that You wouldest rend the heavens, that You wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at Your presence,
2 As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence!
3 When You didst awesome things which we looked not for, You camest down, the mountains flowed down at Your presence.
4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, nor hath the eye seen, O God (Elohim), besides You, who acts for the one who waiteth for Him.
5 You meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember You in Your ways; behold, You are wroth; for we have sinned; in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.
6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
7 And there is none that calleth upon Your name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of You; for You have hid Your face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.
8 But now, O יהוה, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our Potter; and we all are the work of Your hand.
9 Be not wroth very sore, O יהוה, neither remember iniquity forever; behold, see, we beseech You, we are all Your people.
10 Your holy cities are a wilderness, Zion (Tsiyon) is a wilderness, Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) a desolation.
11 Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised You, is burned up with fire; and all our pleasant things are laid waste.
12 Wilt You refrain Yourself for these things, O יהוה? Wilt You hold Your peace, and afflict us very severely?