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18 Why have the wicked invaded your holy place,
    why have our enemies trampled your sanctuary?
19 [a]Too long have we been like those you do not rule,
    on whom your name is not invoked.
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
    with the mountains quaking before you,(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 63:19–64:3 A new theophany, like Sinai of old, is invoked so that Israel’s enemies will be humbled by God’s intervention.

18 For a little while(A) your people possessed your holy place,
    but now our enemies have trampled(B) down your sanctuary.(C)
19 We are yours from of old;
    but you have not ruled over them,
    they have not been called[a] by your name.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 63:19 Or We are like those you have never ruled, / like those never called

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