1 As when fire sets brushwood ablaze and causes water to boil, make the nations know your name, and your enemies tremble. 2 Let them witness your stunning deeds.
3 No one has ever heard or perceived, no eye has ever seen a God besides you who works for those who trust in him.
4 You have confounded those who acted righteously and who joyfully kept your ways in mind. You are angry with our sins, yet conceal them and we shall be saved.
5 All of us have become like the un clean; all our good deeds are like polluted garments; we have all withered like leaves, blown away by our iniquities.
6 There is no one who calls upon your name, no one who rouses himself to lay hold of you. For you have hidden your face, you have given us up to the power of our evil acts.
7 And yet, Yahweh, you are our Father; we are the clay and you are our potter; we are the work of your hand.
8 Do not let your anger go too far, O Yahweh, or think of our sins forever. See, we all are your people!
9 Your holy cities have become a wilderness, Zion has become a wasteland, Jerusalem a desolation.
10 Our holy and glorious house, where our ancestors used to pray to you, has been razed to the ground, and all that we treasure lies in ruins.
11 Can you still remain unmoved, O Yahweh, before all this? Will you punish us further with your silence?