1 O that thou wouldestThe prophet continues his prayer, desiring God to declare his love toward his Church by miracles and mighty power, as he did in mount Sinai.rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,
2 As [when] the melting fire burneth, the fire causethMeaning, the rain, hail, fire, thunder and lightning.the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thy adversaries, [that] the nations may tremble at thy presence!
3 When thou diddest terrible things, which we looked not for, thou camest downe, and the mountaines melted at thy presence.
4 For since the beginning of the world [men] have notPaul uses the same kind of admiration, (1Co_2:9) marvelling at God's great benefit showed to his Church, by the preaching of the gospel.heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, besides thee, [what] he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
5 Thou meetest himYou showed favour toward our fathers, when they trusted in you and walked after your commandments.that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, [those that] remember thee in thyThey considered your great mercies.ways: behold, thou art angry; for we have sinned: inThat is, in your mercies, which he calls the ways of the Lord.those is continuance, and weYou will have pity on us.shall be saved.
6 But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all ourWe are justly punished and brought into captivity, because we have provoked you to anger, and though we would excuse ourselves, yet our righteousness, and best virtues are before you as vile cloths, or (as some read) like the menstruous cloths of a woman.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 vpon thy Name, neither that stirreth vp himselfe to take holde of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from vs, and hast consumed vs because of our iniquities.
8 But now, O LORD, thou [art] our father; we [are] theEven though O Lord by your just judgment you may utterly destroy us as the potter may his pot, yet we appeal to your mercies, by which it has pleased you to adopt us to be your children.clay, and thou our potter; and we all [are] the work of thy hand.
9 Be not very angry, O LORD,For so the flesh judges when God does not immediately send comfort.neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we [are] all thy people.
10 Who were dedicated to your service, and to call on your Name.Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and our beautiful house,In which we rejoiced and worshipped you.where our fathers praised thee, is burned with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.
12 Wilt thou restrain thyselfThat is, at the contempt of your own glory? Though our sins have deserved this, yet you will not permit your glory thus to be diminished.for these [things], O LORD? wilt thou hold thy peace, and grievously afflict us?