Isaiah 64:3
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New International Version
For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.

New Living Translation
When you came down long ago, you did awesome deeds beyond our highest expectations. And oh, how the mountains quaked!

English Standard Version
When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.

New American Standard Bible
When You did awesome things which we did not expect, You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence.

King James Bible
When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When You did awesome works that we did not expect, You came down, and the mountains quaked at Your presence.

International Standard Version
When you did awesome deeds that we expected, you came down, and the mountains shuddered before you.

NET Bible
When you performed awesome deeds that took us by surprise, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.

New Heart English Bible
When you did awesome things which we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When you did awe-inspiring things that we didn't expect, you came down and the mountains quaked in your presence.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When Thou didst tremendous things Which we looked not for-- Oh that Thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might quake at Thy presence!--

New American Standard 1977
When Thou didst awesome things which we did not expect,
            Thou didst come down, the mountains quaked at Thy presence.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As thou didst come down when thou didst terrible things which we did not look for, that the mountains flowed down at thy presence.

King James 2000 Bible
When you did terrible things which we looked not for, you came down, the mountains flowed down at your presence.

American King James Version
When you did terrible things which we looked not for, you came down, the mountains flowed down at your presence.

American Standard Version
When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains quaked at thy presence.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When thou shalt do wonderful things, we shall not bear them: thou didst come down, and at thy presence the mountains melted away.

Darby Bible Translation
When thou didst terrible things [which] we looked not for, thou camest down, and the mountains flowed down at thy presence.

English Revised Version
When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.

Webster's Bible Translation
When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.

World English Bible
When you did awesome things which we didn't look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.

Young's Literal Translation
In Thy doing fearful things -- we expect not, Thou didst come down, From Thy presence did mountains flow.
Study Bible
Prayer for Illustration of God's Power
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! 3When You did awesome things which we did not expect, You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence. 4For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.…
Cross References
Psalm 65:5
By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation, You who are the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea;

Psalm 66:3
Say to God, "How awesome are Your works! Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You.

Psalm 66:5
Come and see the works of God, Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men.

Psalm 106:22
Wonders in the land of Ham And awesome things by the Red Sea.

Isaiah 5:25
On this account the anger of the LORD has burned against His people, And He has stretched out His hand against them and struck them down. And the mountains quaked, and their corpses lay like refuse in the middle of the streets. For all this His anger is not spent, But His hand is still stretched out.
Treasury of Scripture

When you did terrible things which we looked not for, you came down, the mountains flowed down at your presence.

thou didst

Exodus 34:10 And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all your people I …

Deuteronomy 4:34 Or has God assayed to go and take him a nation from the middle of …

Deuteronomy 10:21 He is your praise, and he is your God, that has done for you these …

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

2 Samuel 7:23 And what one nation in the earth is like your people, even like Israel, …

Psalm 65:6 Which by his strength sets fast the mountains; being girded with power:

Psalm 66:3,5 Say to God, How terrible are you in your works! through the greatness …

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

Psalm 76:12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings …

Psalm 105:27-36 They showed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham…

Psalm 106:22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea.

the mountains

Isaiah 64:1 Oh that you would rend the heavens, that you would come down, that …

Habakkuk 3:3,6 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His …

(3) When thou didst terrible things . . .--The latter clause, "thou camest down . . ." is supposed by some critics to be an accidental repetition from Isaiah 64:1. By others it is taken as an intentional repetition, emphasising the previous assertion, after the manner of Hebrew poetry. The latter view seems to have most in its favour.

Verse 3 - When thou didst terrible things (comp. Deuteronomy 10:21; 2 Samuel 7:23; Psalm 49:4; Psalm 106:22). The phrase, as Mr. Cheyne remarks, is a "standing" one for the wonders of the Exodus. Which we looked not for; i.e. which transcended our utmost expectations. Thou earnest down (see Exodus 19:11, 20). When thou didst terrible things, which we looked not for, thou camest down,.... Referring to the wonderful things God did in Egypt, at the Red sea, and in the wilderness, and particularly at Mount Sinai, things that were unexpected, and not looked for; then the Lord came down, and made visible displays of his power and presence, especially on Mount Sinai; see Exodus 19:18,

the mountains flowed down at thy presence; not Sinai only, but others also; Kimchi says Seir and Paran; Judges 5:4. 3. When—Supply from Isa 64:2, "As when."

terrible things—(Ps 65:5).

we looked not for—far exceeding the expectation of any of our nation; unparalleled before (Ex 34:10; Ps 68:8).

camest down—on Mount Sinai.

mountains flowed—Repeated from Isa 64:1; they pray God to do the very same things for Israel now as in former ages. Gesenius, instead of "flowed" here, and "flow" in Isa 64:1, translates from a different Hebrew root, "quake … quaked"; but "fire" melts and causes to flow, rather than to quake (Isa 64:2).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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