The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 63:15–64:11

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15  Look down from heaven, and see, even from Thy holy and glorious habitation; Where is Thy zeal and Thy mighty acts, the yearning of Thy heart and Thy compassions, now restrained toward me?

15  Turn from heaven, and look from thy holy habitation and from thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength? where is the abundance of thy mercy and of thy compassions, that thou hast withholden thyself from us?

15  Gaze down from heaven, and behold from your holy habitation and from your glory. Where is your zeal, and your strength, the fullness of your heart and of your compassion? They have held themselves back from me.

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16  For Thou art our Father; for Abraham knoweth us not, and Israel doth not acknowledge us; Thou, O YHWH, art our Father, our Redeemer from everlasting is Thy name.

16  For you are our Father, and Abraham has not known us, and Israel has been ignorant of us. You are our Father, O Lord our Redeemer. Your name is beyond all ages.

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17  O YHWH, why dost Thou make us to err from Thy ways, and hardenest our heart from Thy fear? Return for Thy servants' sake, the tribes of Thine inheritance.

17  Why hast thou caused us to err, O Lord, from thy way? and has hardened our hearts, that we should not fear thee? Return for thy servants’ sake, for the sake of the tribes of thine inheritance,

17  Why have you allowed us to stray from your ways, O Lord? Why have you hardened our heart, so that we do not fear you? Return, for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your inheritance.

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18  Thy holy people they have well nigh driven out, our adversaries have trodden down Thy sanctuary.

18  that we may inherit a small part of thy holy mountain.

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19  We are become as they over whom Thou never borest rule, as they that were not called by Thy name.

19  We have become as we were in the beginning, when you did not rule over us, and when we were not called by your name.

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64:1  Oh, that Thou wouldest rend the heavens, that Thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might quake at Thy presence,

If thou wouldest open the heaven, trembling will take hold upon the mountains from thee, and they shall melt,

I wish that you would rend the heavens, and then descend! The mountains would flow away before your face.

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64:2  As when fire kindleth the brush-wood, and the fire causeth the waters to boil; to make Thy name known to Thine adversaries, that the nations might tremble at Thy presence,

They would melt, as if thoroughly burned by fire. The waters would burn with fire, so that your name might be made known to your enemies, so that the nations would be stirred up before your face.

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64:3  When Thou didst tremendous things which we looked not for--Oh that Thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might quake at Thy presence!--

whenever thou shalt work gloriously; trembling from thee shall take hold upon the mountains.

When you will perform miracles, we will not be able to withstand them. You descended, and the mountains flowed away before your presence.

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64:4  And whereof from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen a God beside Thee, who worketh for him that waiteth for Him.

From ages past, they have not heard it, and they have not perceived it with the ears. Apart from you, O God, the eye has not seen what you have prepared for those who await you.

For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, neither has the eye seen, O God, any besides thee, because of what thou doest for those that wait for thee.

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64:5  Thou didst take away him that joyfully worked righteousness, those that remembered Thee in Thy ways--behold, Thou wast wroth, and we sinned--upon them have we stayed of old, that we might be saved.

For these blessings shall happen to them that work righteousness, and they shall remember thy ways: behold, thou wast angry and we have sinned; therefore we have erred,

You have met with those who rejoice in doing justice. By your ways, they will remember you. Behold, you have been angry, for we have sinned. In this, we have continued, but we will be saved.

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64:6  And we are all become as one that is unclean, and all our righteousnesses are as a polluted garment; and we all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

And we have all become like the unclean. And all our justices are like a rag of menstruation. And we have all fallen away, like a leaf. And our iniquities have carried us away, like the wind.

For we have all become like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is like filthy rags; we all fall off like leaves; and our iniquities, like the whirlwind, have taken us away.

64:7  And there is none that calleth upon Thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of Thee; for Thou hast hid Thy face from us, and hast consumed us by means of our iniquities.

There is no one who calls upon your name, who rises up and holds fast to you. You have concealed your face from us, and you have crushed us with the hand of our own iniquity.

There is none that calls upon thy name, that remembers to take hold of thee; for thou hast turned away thy face from us, and hast delivered us into the power of our sins.

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64:8  But now, O YHWH, Thou art our Father; we are the clay, and Thou our potter, and we all are the work of Thy hand.

And now, O Lord, thou art our Father, and we are clay, all of us the work of thine hands.

And now, O Lord, you are our Father, yet truly, we are clay. And you are our Maker, and we are all the works of your hands.

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64:9  Be not wroth very sore, O YHWH, neither remember iniquity for ever; behold, look, we beseech Thee, we are all Thy people.

Be not very wroth with us, and remember not our sins for ever; but now look on us, for we are all thy people.

Do not be so angry, O Lord, and no longer call to mind our iniquity. Behold, consider that we are all your people.

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64:10  Thy holy cities are become a wilderness, Zion is become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

10  The city of thy holiness has become desolate, Sion has become as a wilderness, Jerusalem a curse.

10  The city of your sanctuary has become a desert. Zion has become a desert. Jerusalem is desolate.

64:11  Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised Thee, is burned with fire; and all our pleasant things are laid waste.

11  The house, our sanctuary, and the glory which our fathers blessed, has been burnt with fire: and all our glorious things have gone to ruin.

11  The house of our sanctification and of our glory, where our fathers praised you, has been completely consumed by fire, and all our admirable things have been turned into ruins.