The Vision of Isaiah

Chapter 64

The church prays for the illustration of God's power, 1-3. Celebrating God's mercy, it makes confession of their natural corruptions, 4-8. It complains of their afflictions, 9-12.

Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,/
so that the mountains might flow down at your presence—

As when the fire burns brushwood/
and the fire causes the waters to boil—/
to make your name known to your adversaries/
so that the nations may tremble at your presence!

When you did awesome things/
which we did not look for,/
you came down,/
the mountains flowed down at your presence.

For since the beginning of the world men have not heard,/
nor perceived by the ear,/
neither has the eye seen, O God, besides you,/
what he has prepared for him who waits for him.

You meet him who rejoices and works righteousness,/
those who remember you in your ways./
Behold, you are angry, for we have sinned./
We continued in them, and we shall be saved.

But we are all as an unclean thing,/
and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags./
And we all fade as a leaf./
And our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

And there is no one who calls upon your name,/
who stirs up himself to take hold of you,/
for you have hid your face from us/
and have consumed us because of our iniquities.

But now, O LORD, you are our father./
We are the clay, and you our potter,/
and we are all the work of your hand.

Do not be very angry, O LORD,/
neither remember iniquity forever./
Behold, see, we implore you, we are all your people.

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

11 Our holy and our beautiful house,/
where our fathers praised you,/
is burned with fire,/
and all our pleasant things are laid waste.

12 Will you refrain yourself for these things, O LORD?/
Will you hold your peace and grievously afflict us?


Matthew Henry Commentary - Isaiah, Chapter 64[➚]


[v.4] - Quoted in 1st Corinthians 2:9.