Isaiah 40:18
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English Standard Version
To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him?

King James Bible
To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

American Standard Version
To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

Douay-Rheims Bible
To whom then have you likened God? or what image will you make for him?

English Revised Version
To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

Webster's Bible Translation
To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare to him?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

In order to bring His people to the full consciousness of the exaltation of Jehovah, the prophet asks in Isaiah 40:12, "Who hath measured the waters with the hollow of his hand, and regulated the heavens with a span, and taken up the dust of the earth in a third measure, and weighed the mountains with a steelyard, and hills with balances?" Jehovah, and He alone, has given to all these their proper quantities, their determinate form, and their proportionate place in the universe. How very little can a man hold in the hollow of his hand (shō‛al)!

(Note: The root שׁל, Arab. sl has the primary meaning of easily moving or being easily moved; then of being loose or slack, of hanging down, or sinking-a meaning which we meet with in שׁעל and שׁאל. Accordingly, shō‛al signifies the palm (i.e., the depression made by the hand), and she'ōl not literally a hollowing or cavity, but a depression or low ground.)

how very small is the space which a man's span will cover! how little is contained in the third of an ephah (shâlı̄sh; see at Psalm 80:6)! and how trifling in either bulk or measure is the quantity you can weight in scales, whether it be a peles, i.e., a steelyard (statera), or mō'zenayim, a tradesman's balance (bilances), consisting of two scales.

(Note: According to the meaning, to level or equalize, which is one meaning of pillēs, the noun peles is applied not only to a level used to secure equilibrium, which is called mishqeleth in Isaiah 28:17, but also to a steelyard used for weighing, the beam of which consists of a lever with unequal arms, which flies up directly the weight is removed.)

But what Jehovah measures with the hollow of His hand, and with His span, is nothing less than the waters beneath and the heavens above. He carries a scoop, in which there is room for all the dust of which the earth consists, and a scale on which He has weighed the great colossal mountains.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Isaiah 40:25 To whom then will you liken me, or shall I be equal? said the Holy One.

Isaiah 46:5,9 To whom will you liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like...

Exodus 8:10 And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to your word: that you may know that there is none like to the LORD our God.

Exodus 9:14 For I will at this time send all my plagues on your heart, and on your servants, and on your people...

Exodus 15:11 Who is like to you, O LORD, among the gods? who is like you, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

Exodus 20:4 You shall not make to you any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath...

Deuteronomy 33:26 There is none like to the God of Jeshurun, who rides on the heaven in your help, and in his excellency on the sky.

1 Samuel 2:2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside you: neither is there any rock like our God.

Job 40:9 Have you an arm like God? or can you thunder with a voice like him?

Psalm 86:8-10 Among the gods there is none like to you, O Lord; neither are there any works like to your works...

Psalm 89:6,8 For who in the heaven can be compared to the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD...

Psalm 113:5 Who is like to the LORD our God, who dwells on high,

Jeremiah 10:6,16 For as much as there is none like to you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is great in might...

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage?...

Acts 17:29 For as much then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like to gold, or silver, or stone...

Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power...

Cross References
Acts 17:29
Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.

Exodus 8:10
And he said, "Tomorrow." Moses said, "Be it as you say, so that you may know that there is no one like the LORD our God.

Exodus 15:11
"Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?

Deuteronomy 4:15
"Therefore watch yourselves very carefully. Since you saw no form on the day that the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire,

1 Samuel 2:2
"There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.

Isaiah 40:25
To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.

Isaiah 46:5
"To whom will you liken me and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be alike?

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