Isaiah 40
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The Greatness of God

1“Comfort, comfort My people,” says your God.

2“Speak [a]kindly to Jerusalem;

And call out to her, that her [b]warfare has ended,

That her [c]guilt has been removed,

That she has received of the LORD’S hand

Double for all her sins.”

3The voice of one calling out,

“Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness;

Make [d]straight in the desert a highway for our God.

4“Let every valley be lifted up,

And every mountain and hill be made low;

And let the uneven ground become a plain,

And the rugged terrain a broad valley;

5[e]Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed,

And all flesh will see it together;

For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

6A voice says, “Call out.”

Then [f]he answered, “What shall I call out?”

All flesh is grass, and all its [g]loveliness is like the flower of the field.

7The grass withers, the flower fades,

[h]When the breath of the LORD blows upon it;

The people are indeed grass!

8The grass withers, the flower fades,

But the word of our God stands forever.

9Go up on a high mountain,

Zion, messenger of good news,

Raise your voice forcefully,

Jerusalem, messenger of good news;

Raise it up, do not fear.

Say to the cities of Judah,

“Here is your God!”

10Behold, the Lord [i]GOD will come with might,

With His arm ruling for Him.

Behold, His compensation is with Him,

And His reward before Him.

11Like a shepherd He will tend His flock,

In His arm He will gather the lambs

And carry them in the fold of His robe;

He will gently lead the nursing ewes.

12Who has measured the [j]waters in the hollow of His hand,

And measured the heavens with a [k]span,

And [l]calculated the dust of the earth with a measure,

And weighed the mountains in a balance

And the hills in a pair of scales?

13Who has [m]directed the Spirit of the LORD,

Or as His counselor has informed Him?

14With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding?

And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge,

And informed Him of the way of understanding?

15Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,

And are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales;

Behold, He lifts up the [n]islands like fine dust.

16Even Lebanon is not enough to [o]burn,

Nor its animals enough for a burnt offering.

17All the nations are as nothing before Him,

They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and [p]meaningless.

18To whom then will you liken God?

Or what likeness will you compare with Him?

19As for the [q]idol, a craftsman casts it,

A goldsmith plates it with gold,

And a silversmith fashions chains of silver.

20He who is too impoverished for such an offering

Selects a tree that does not rot;

He seeks out for himself a skillful craftsman

To [r]prepare [s]an idol that will not totter.

21Do you not know? Have you not heard?

Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?

Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

22It is He who [t]sits above the [u]circle of the earth,

And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,

Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain

And spreads them out like a tent to live in.

23It is He who reduces rulers to nothing,

Who makes the judges of the earth [v]meaningless.

24[w]Scarcely have they been planted,

[x]Scarcely have they been sown,

[y]Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth,

But He merely blows on them, and they wither,

And the storm carries them away like stubble.

25“To whom then will you compare Me

That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.

26Raise your eyes on high

And see who has created these stars,

The One who brings out their [z]multitude by number,

He calls them all by name;

Because of the greatness of His might and the [aa]strength of His power,

Not one of them is missing.

27Why do you say, Jacob, and you assert, Israel,

“My way is hidden from the LORD,

And the justice due me [ab]escapes the notice of my God”?

28Do you not know? Have you not heard?

The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth

Does not become weary or tired.

His understanding is unsearchable.

29He gives strength to the weary,

And to the one who lacks might He increases power.

30Though youths grow weary and tired,

And vigorous young men stumble badly,

31Yet those who [ac]wait for the LORD

Will gain new strength;

They will [ad]mount up with wings like eagles,

They will run and not get tired,

They will walk and not become weary.

[a] 2 Lit to the heart of
[b] 2 Or hard service
[c] 2 Or penalty of guilt accepted as paid off
[d] 3 Or smooth
[e] 5 Or In order that the
[f] 6 Another reading is I said
[g] 6 Or constancy
[h] 7 Or Because
[i] 10 Heb YHWH, usually rendered LORD
[j] 12 DSS reads waters of the sea
[k] 12 Or half cubit (9 in. or 22.8 cm)
[l] 12 Lit contained; or comprehended
[m] 13 Or measured, marked off
[n] 15 Or coastlands
[o] 16 I.e., for fire on an altar
[p] 17 Or void
[q] 19 Or carved image
[r] 20 Or set up
[s] 20 Or a carved image
[t] 22 Or is enthroned
[u] 22 Or vault
[v] 23 Or void
[w] 24 Or Not even
[x] 24 Or Not even
[y] 24 Or Not even
[z] 26 Lit host
[aa] 26 As in DSS and ancient versions; MT strong
[ab] 27 Lit passes by my God
[ac] 31 Or hope in
[ad] 31 Or sprout wings

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