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TitleIsaiah 64
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsBible; Isaiah (Book); Isaiah (Prophet); Old Testament

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A Prayer Addressing, “O Lord” (63:15–19; 64:1–12)

Isaiah? God’s servants?

64 1O, that You would rend the heavens,
that You would come down so that the mountains would flow down at Your presence,

2as when fire kindles brushwood,
as fire causes water to boil,

to make Your name known to Your adversaries,
that the nations might tremble at Your presence.

3When You did awesome things, which we were not looking for,
You came down, and the mountains quaked at Your presence.

4And since ancient times, no one has heard,
none has given ear,
no eye has seen a God besides You,
who acts for those who wait for Him.

5You meet him who works righteousness [and rejoiceth him that remembers][2] you in Your ways; in [righteousness there] is continuance, and [such] will be saved.

6But [we have sinned][3]; we have all become as one who is unclean,
and our righteous deeds like filthy garments,

and all of us wither like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

7[And none][4] calls on Your name,
who rouses Himself to take hold of You,

for You have hidden Your face from us
and delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.

8But now, O  Lord, You are our Father. We are the clay
and You are our potter; all of us are the work of Your hand.

9O  Lord, be not exceedingly angry,
nor remember iniquity forever.
Behold, look please, we are all Your people.

10Your holy cities have become a wilderness.
Zion is a wilderness;
Jerusalem has become desolation.

11Our holy and glorious House {Temple},
where our fathers praised You, has been burned by fire,
and all of our pleasant places have become ruins.

12At such things, O  Lord, will You hold yourself back?
Will You keep silent and severely afflict us?


[2] Words in brackets in verse 5 are from JST.

[3] From JST.

[4] From JST.


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 64:1