Isaiah 63:15 – 64:12

edited in light of comment

A. 15 Look down from heaven,
and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength,
the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me?
are they restrained?

B.(16)  Doubtless thou art our father,
though Abraham be ignorant of us,
and Israel acknowledge us not:
thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer;
thy name is from everlasting.

C.(17) O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways,
and hardened our heart from thy fear?
Return for thy servants ‘sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.
(18) The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.
(19) We are thine:
thou never barest rule over them;
they were not called by thy name.

D. (1) Oh that thou wouldest 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 causeth the waters to boil,
to make thy name known to thine adversaries,
that the nations may tremble at thy presence!
(3) When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for,
thou camest down,
the mountains flowed down at thy presence.

E. (4) For since the beginning of the world men have not heard,
nor perceived by the ear,
neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee,
what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

D’. (5)Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways:
behold, thou art wroth;
for we have sinned:
in those is continuance,
and we shall be saved.

C’.(6) But we are all as an unclean thing,
and all our 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 upon thy name,
that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee:
for thou hast hid thy face from us,
and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

B’. (8) But now, O LORD, thou art our father;
we are the clay, and thou our potter;
and we all are the work of thy hand.
9 Be not wroth very sore, O LORD,
neither remember iniquity for ever:

A’.  behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.
(10) Thy holy cities are a wilderness,
Zion is a wilderness,
Jerusalem a desolation.
(11) Our holy and our beautiful house,
where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire:
and all our pleasant things are laid waste.
(12) Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O LORD?
wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore?

One thought on “Isaiah 63:15 – 64:12”

  1. There’s an extra connection between A and A’. A speaks of “the habitation of thy [God’s] holiness and of thy glory”; A’ speaks of “Our [Israel’s] holy and our beautiful (same word as glorious) house”. ESV makes this clear. The chiasm begins with God’s dwelling in heaven and ends with God’s dwelling on earth – particularly appropriate when it’s about God looking down and God coming down.

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