63 Who is this who comes from Edom, 1
dressed in bright red, coming from Bozrah? 2
Who 3 is this one wearing royal attire, 4
who marches confidently 5 because of his great strength?
“It is I, the one who announces vindication,
and who is able to deliver!” 6
2 Why are your clothes red?
Why do you look like someone who has stomped on grapes in a vat? 7
3 “I have stomped grapes in the winepress all by myself;
no one from the nations joined me.
I stomped on them 8 in my anger;
I trampled them down in my rage.
Their juice splashed on my garments,
and stained 9 all my clothes.
4 For I looked forward to the day of vengeance,
and then payback time arrived. 10
5 I looked, but there was no one to help;
I was shocked because there was no one offering support. 11
So my right arm accomplished deliverance;
my raging anger drove me on. 12
6 I trampled nations in my anger,
I made them drunk 13 in my rage,
I splashed their blood on the ground.” 14
7 I will tell of the faithful acts of the Lord,
of the Lord’s praiseworthy deeds.
I will tell about all 15 the Lord did for us,
the many good things he did for the family of Israel, 16
because of 17 his compassion and great faithfulness.
8 He said, “Certainly they will be my people,
children who are not disloyal.” 18
He became their deliverer.
9 Through all that they suffered, he suffered too. 19
The messenger sent from his very presence 20 delivered them.
In his love and mercy he protected 21 them;
he lifted them up and carried them throughout ancient times. 22
10 But they rebelled and offended 23 his holy Spirit, 24
so he turned into an enemy
and fought against them.
11 His people remembered the ancient times. 25
Where is the one who brought them up out of the sea,
along with the shepherd of 26 his flock?
Where is the one who placed his holy Spirit among them, 27
12 the one who made his majestic power available to Moses, 28
who divided the water before them,
gaining for himself a lasting reputation, 29
13 who led them through the deep water?
Like a horse running on flat land 30 they did not stumble.
14 Like an animal that goes down into a valley to graze, 31
so the Spirit of the Lord granted them rest.
In this way 32 you guided your people,
gaining for yourself an honored reputation. 33
15 Look down from heaven and take notice,
from your holy, majestic palace!
Where are your zeal 34 and power?
Do not hold back your tender compassion! 35
16 For you are our father,
though Abraham does not know us
and Israel does not recognize us.
You, Lord, are our father;
you have been called our protector from ancient times. 36
17 Why, Lord, do you make us stray 37 from your ways, 38
and make our minds stubborn so that we do not obey you? 39
Return for the sake of your servants,
the tribes of your inheritance!
18 For a short time your special 40 nation possessed a land, 41
but then our adversaries knocked down 42 your holy sanctuary.
19 We existed from ancient times, 43
but you did not rule over them,
they were not your subjects. 44
64 1 If only you would tear apart the sky 2 and come down!
The mountains would tremble 3 before you!
2 As when fire ignites dry wood,
or fire makes water boil,
let your adversaries know who you are, 4
and may the nations shake at your presence!
3 When you performed awesome deeds that took us by surprise, 5
you came down, and the mountains trembled 6 before you.
4 Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived, 7
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who intervenes for those who wait for him.
5 You assist 8 those who delight in doing what is right, 9
who observe your commandments. 10
Look, you were angry because we violated them continually.
How then can we be saved? 11
6 We are all like one who is unclean,
all our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in your sight. 12
We all wither like a leaf;
our sins carry us away like the wind.
7 No one invokes 13 your name,
or makes an effort 14 to take hold of you.
For you have rejected us 15
and handed us over to our own sins. 16
8 Yet, 17 Lord, you are our father.
We are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the product of your labor. 18
9 Lord, do not be too angry!
Do not hold our sins against us continually! 19
Take a good look at your people, at all of us! 20
10 Your chosen 21 cities have become a desert;
Zion has become a desert,
Jerusalem 22 is a desolate ruin.
11 Our holy temple, our pride and joy, 23
the place where our ancestors praised you,
has been burned with fire;
all our prized possessions have been destroyed. 24
12 In light of all this, 25 how can you still hold back, Lord?
How can you be silent and continue to humiliate us?