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Oh that you would tear the heavens, that you would come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence,
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as when fire kindles the brushwood, [and] the fire causes the waters to boil; to make your name known to your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at your presence!
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When you did terrible things which we didn't look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
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For from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither has the eye seen a God besides you, who works for him who waits for him.
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You meet him who rejoices and works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways: behold, you were angry, and we sinned: in them [have we been] of long time; and shall we be saved?
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For we have all become as one who is unclean, and all our righteousness is as a polluted garment: and we all fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
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There is none who calls on your name, who stirs up himself to take hold of you; for you have hid your face from us, and have consumed us by means of our iniquities.
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But now, Yahweh, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand.
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Don't be furious, Yahweh, neither remember iniquity forever: see, look, we beg you, we are all your people.
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Your holy cities are become a wilderness, Zion is become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
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Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised you, is burned with fire; and all our pleasant places are laid waste.
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Will you refrain yourself for these things, Yahweh? will you hold your peace, and afflict us very sore?