The Church prayeth for the illustration of God's power.
Isaiah 64:1 O that thou woldest cleue þe heauen in sonder, & come downe: that the mountaynes myght melte awaye at thy presence, Isaiah 64:2 lyke as at an hote fyre: & that the malicyous myght boyle, as the water doth vpon þe fyre: Wherby thy name myght be knowne amonge thyne enemyes, & þt the Gentyls myght tremble before the. Isaiah 64:3 When thou wroughtest wonderous straunge worckes, we loked not for them. Thou cammest downe and the hylles melt at thy presence. Isaiah 64:4 For sence the begynnynge of the worlde it hath not bene hearde or perceaued, nether hath any eye sene another God besyde the: which dost so moche for them, that put their trust in the.
Celebrating God's mercy, it maketh confession of their natural corruptions.
Isaiah 64:5 Thou helpest him that doth ryght wyth cherefulnesse, & them that thyncke vpon thy wayes. But lo, thou hast bene angrye, for we offended & haue bene euer in synne, yet shall we be saued. Isaiah 64:6 We are all as an vnclene thynge, & all oure ryghteousnes are as the clothes stayned with þe floures of a woman: we fall euerychone as the leafe, for oure synnes cary vs awaye lyke the wynde. Isaiah 64:7 There is no man that calleth vpon thy name, that standeth vp to take holde by the. Therfore hydest thou thy face from vs, and consumest vs, because of oure synnes. Isaiah 64:8 But nowe O Lorde, þu father of oures: we are the claye, & thou art oure potter, & we all are the worcke of thy handes.
It complaineth of their affliction.
Isaiah 64:9 Be not to sore dyspleased (O Lorde) & kepe not oure offences to longe in thy remembraunce, but consydre that we all are thy people. Isaiah 64:10 The cyties of thy Sanctuary lye waste. Syon is a wyldernesse, and Ierusalem a desert. Isaiah 64:11 Oure holy house which is oure bewty, where oure fathers praysed the, is brent vp: ye, all oure commodities & pleasures are wasted awaye. Isaiah 64:12 Wylt thou not be intreated (Lorde) for all this? Wylt thou holde thy peace, and scourge vs so sore?