Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence! When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence. For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.
The prayer of Isaiah turned to confession. The remnant implored God to rend the heavens and come down in fury on His adversaries. They recalled previous interventions of God, unique manifestations of the only true God who acted for those who waits for Him. They remembered that God showed favor to those who delight in practical righteousness, but they have incurred His anger by their long-continued sins and wondered if there was any hope for people like them to be saved.