1 * Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down!
How the mountains would quake in your presence!
2 * As fire causes wood to burn
and water to boil,
your coming would make the nations tremble.
Then your enemies would learn the reason for your fame!
you did awesome deeds beyond our highest expectations.
And oh, how the mountains quaked!
no ear has heard
and no eye has seen a God like you,
who works for those who wait for him!
who follow godly ways.
But you have been very angry with us,
for we are not godly.
We are constant sinners;
how can people like us be saved?
When we display our righteous deeds,
they are nothing but filthy rags.
Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall,
and our sins sweep us away like the wind.
or pleads with you for mercy.
Therefore, you have turned away from us
and turned us over* to our sins.
We are the clay, and you are the potter.
We all are formed by your hand.
Please don’t remember our sins forever.
Look at us, we pray,
and see that we are all your people.
Zion is a wilderness;
yes, Jerusalem is a desolate ruin.
where our ancestors praised you
has been burned down,
and all the things of beauty are destroyed.
Will you continue to be silent and punish us?
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