Isaiah 64:1
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New International Version
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!

New Living Translation
Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down! How the mountains would quake in your presence!

English Standard Version
Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence—

New American Standard Bible
Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, That the mountains might quake at Your presence--

King James Bible
Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If only You would tear the heavens open and come down, so that mountains would quake at Your presence--

International Standard Version
If only you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence—

NET Bible
If only you would tear apart the sky and come down! The mountains would tremble before you!

New Heart English Bible
Oh that you would tear the heavens, that you would come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If only you would split open the heavens and come down! The mountains would quake at your presence.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Oh, that Thou wouldest rend the heavens, that Thou wouldest come down, That the mountains might quake at Thy presence, As when fire kindleth the brush-wood, And the fire causeth the waters to boil; To make Thy name known to Thine adversaries, That the nations might tremble at Thy presence,

New American Standard 1977
Oh, that Thou wouldst rend the heavens and come down,
            That the mountains might quake at Thy presence—

Jubilee Bible 2000
Oh that thou would rend the heavens, that thou would come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,

King James 2000 Bible
Oh that you would rend the heavens, that you would come down, that the mountains might flow down at your presence.

American King James Version
Oh that you would rend the heavens, that you would come down, that the mountains might flow down at your presence,

American Standard Version
Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might quake at thy presence,

Douay-Rheims Bible
THAT thou wouldst rend the heavens, and wouldst come down: the mountains would melt away at thy presence.

Darby Bible Translation
Oh, that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, -- that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,

English Revised Version
Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence;

Webster's Bible Translation
Oh that thou wouldst rend the heavens, that thou wouldst come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,\

World English Bible
Oh that you would tear the heavens, that you would come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence,

Young's Literal Translation
Didst Thou not rend the heavens? Thou didst come down, From thy presence did mountains flow,
Study Bible
Prayer for Illustration of God's Power
1Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, That the mountains might quake at Your presence-- 2As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil-- To make Your name known to Your adversaries, That the nations may tremble at Your presence!…
Cross References
Exodus 19:18
Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently.

Judges 5:5
"The mountains quaked at the presence of the LORD, This Sinai, at the presence of the LORD, the God of Israel.

Psalm 18:9
He bowed the heavens also, and came down With thick darkness under His feet.

Psalm 68:8
The earth quaked; The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

Psalm 144:5
Bow Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, that they may smoke.

Isaiah 41:15
"Behold, I have made you a new, sharp threshing sledge with double edges; You will thresh the mountains and pulverize them, And will make the hills like chaff.

Isaiah 63:19
We have become like those over whom You have never ruled, Like those who were not called by Your name.

Amos 9:5
The Lord GOD of hosts, The One who touches the land so that it melts, And all those who dwell in it mourn, And all of it rises up like the Nile And subsides like the Nile of Egypt;

Micah 1:3
For behold, the LORD is coming forth from His place. He will come down and tread on the high places of the earth.

Micah 1:4
The mountains will melt under Him And the valleys will be split, Like wax before the fire, Like water poured down a steep place.
Treasury of Scripture

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

oh that

Psalm 18:7-15 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills …

Psalm 144:5,6 Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and …

Mark 1:10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, …

that thou wouldest come

Isaiah 63:15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of your holiness …

Exodus 3:8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, …

Exodus 19:11,18,19 And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will …

Micah 1:3,4 For, behold, the LORD comes forth out of his place, and will come …

Habakkuk 3:1-13 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet on Shigionoth…

that the

Judges 5:4,5 LORD, when you went out of Seir, when you marched out of the field …

Psalm 46:6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, …

Psalm 68:8 The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: …

Psalm 114:4-7 The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs…

Amos 9:5,13 And the Lord GOD of hosts is he that touches the land, and it shall …

Nahum 1:5,6 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is …

2 Peter 3:10-12 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the …

Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose …

LXIV.

(1) Oh that thou wouldest rend . . .--The division of chapters hinders the English reader from seeing that this is really a continuation of the prayer of Isaiah 63:15-19. The prophet asks that Jehovan may not only "look down" from heaven, but may rend, as it were, the dark clouds that hide the light of His countenance from His people, and that the mountains might tremble at His presence. (Comp. Psalm 68:8; Exodus 19:18.)

Verses 1-12. - ISRAEL'S PRAYER CONTINUED AND CONCLUDED. Not content with praying God to look upon them once more with favour (Isaiah 63:15), Israel now asks for a theophany, or manifestation of the Divine Presence, such as they have experienced in the times of old, and such as shall suffice to strike terror into the hearts of their enemies (vers. 1-4). With profound humility confessing their manifold and grievous iniquities, they beseech God once more, as their Father and Maker, to have pity upon them, reminding him of the desolate condition of Judaea and Jerusalem, and urging him no longer to "refrain himself" (vers. 5-12). "The manner," as Mr. Cheyne observes, "is that of a liturgical psalm; the prophet, as it were, leads the devotions of the assembled Church," and utters in impassioned language the feelings which deeply move them. Verse 1. - Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens! God "dwells in the thick darkness" (2 Chronicles 6:1). "Thick clouds are a covering to him" as he "walketh in the circuit of heaven" (Job 22:14). The Church would have the covering "rent," and God show himself openly, both to his people and to their enemies. That thou wouldest come down! God" came down" ou Sinai in the sight of all the people (Exodus 19:11, 20). David saw him in vision "bow the heavens and come down; and there was darkness under his feet" (Psalm 18:9). It is such an "epiphany" which the Church now desires - a revelation of God in all his glory, in his might as against "the nations" (ver. 2), in his mercifulness as towards themselves. That the mountains might flow down; or, quake. When God descended on Sinai, "the whole mount quaked greatly" (Exodus 19:18). When he appeared to David, "the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken" (Psalm 18:7). When he was seen of Elijah, "a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; and after the wind was an earthquake" (1 Kings 19:11). Micah saw the Lord "coming forth out of his place," and "the mountains were molten under him, and the valleys cleft" (Micah 1:3, 4). The mountains represent that which is most firm and solid and strong upon the face of the earth. If even they "melt and flow and tremble" at the presence of God, what might must his be! And who may abide him? O that thou wouldst rend the heavens, that thou wouldst come down,.... Before, the church prayed that the Lord would look down from heaven and behold, Isaiah 63:15, now that he would open the heavens, and descend from thence; not by change of place, for he fills heaven and earth with his presence; but by some visible display of his power, in destroying her enemies, and delivering her from them. Some take this to be a prayer for the first coming of Christ from heaven to earth, by his incarnation, in order to redeem and save his people; and others that it is for his second coming to judgment, to take vengeance on his adversaries, when his wrath will burn like fire; but rather it is for his spiritual coming, to avenge his church and people on antichrist, and the antichristian states. She had seen him, as a triumphant conqueror, stained with the blood of his enemies; and now she prays for the accomplishment of what she had seen in vision and prophecy:

that the mountains might flow down at thy presence; kings and princes of the earth, and kingdoms and states governed by them, compared to mountains for their seeming firmness and stability; yet these will melt like wax, and flow like water, tremble and disappear at the presence of the King of kings, when he comes forth in his great wrath against them; as it is explained in the next verse,

that the nations may tremble at thy presence; see Revelation 16:20. Here ends the sixty third chapter in the Targum. CHAPTER 64

Isa 64:1-12. Transition from Complaint to Prayer.

1. rend … heavens—bursting forth to execute vengeance, suddenly descending on Thy people's foe (Ps 18:9; 144:5; Hab 3:5, 6).

flow down—(Jud 5:5; Mic 1:4).64:1-5 They desire that God would manifest himself to them and for them, so that all may see it. This is applicable to the second coming of Christ, when the Lord himself shall descend from heaven. They plead what God had used to do, and had declared his gracious purpose to do, for his people. They need not fear being disappointed of it, for it is sure; or disappointed in it, for it is sufficient. The happiness of his people is bound up in what God has designed for them, and is preparing for them, and preparing them for; what he has done or will do. Can we believe this, and then think any thing too great to expect from his truth, power, and love? It is spiritual and cannot be comprehended by human understanding. It is ever ready. See what communion there is between a gracious God and a gracious soul. We must make conscience of doing our duty in every thing the Lord our God requires. Thou meetest him; this speaks his freeness and forwardness in doing them good. Though God has been angry with us for our sins, and justly, yet his anger has soon ended; but in his favour is life, which goes on and continues, and on that we depend for our salvation.
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