1 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence—
2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
3 When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
4 From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.
5 You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed.
6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
7 There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.
8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender
and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.
29 So also, when
you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at
the very gates.
30 Truly I tell
you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have
31 Heaven and
earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven,
nor the Son, but only the Father.
33 Beware, keep
alert; for you do not know when the time will come.
34 It is like
a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves
in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be
on the watch.
keep awake--for you do not know when the master of the house will
come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn,
36 or else he
may find you asleep when he comes suddenly.
37 And what I
say to you I say to all: Keep awake.’