The Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Chapter 64

The people of the Lord pray for the Second Coming and for the salvation that will then be theirs.

1 Oh that thou wouldest arend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the bmountains might flow down at thy cpresence,

2 As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may atremble at thy presence!

3 When thou didst aterrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the bmountains flowed down at thy presence.

4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the aeye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath bprepared for him that waiteth for him.

5 Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.

6 But we are all as an aunclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as bfilthy 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 thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy aface from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

8 But now, O Lord, thou art our afather; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the bwork of thy hand.

9 Be not wroth very sore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy apeople.

10 Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

11 Our holy and our abeautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is bburned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid cwaste.

12 Wilt thou arefrain thyself for these things, O Lord? wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore?