Isaiah 40:7
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New Living Translation
The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the LORD. And so it is with people.

King James Bible
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

Darby Bible Translation
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, for the breath of Jehovah bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

World English Bible
The grass withers, the flower fades, because Yahweh's breath blows on it. Surely the people are like grass.

Young's Literal Translation
Withered hath grass, faded the flower, For the Spirit of Jehovah blew upon it, Surely the people is grass;

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Salvation Published from the Mountains
O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid: say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! I t would be improper to propose an alteration, though a slight one, in the reading of a text, without bearing my testimony to the great value of our English version, which I believe, in point of simplicity, strength, and fidelity, is not likely to be excelled by a new translation
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

The Consolation
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received at the LORD 's hand double for all her sins. T he particulars of the great "mystery of godliness," as enumerated by the Apostle Paul, constitute the grand and inexhaustible theme of the Gospel ministry, "God manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

The Harbinger
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD , make straight in the desert a high-way for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. T he general style of the prophecies is poetical. The inimitable simplicity which characterizes every
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

The Withering Work of the Spirit
THE passage in Isaiah which I have just read in your hearing may be used as a very eloquent description of our mortality, and if a sermon should be preached from it upon the frailty of human nature, the brevity of life, and the certainty of death, no one could dispute the appropriateness of the text. Yet I venture to question whether such a discourse would strike the central teaching of the prophet. Something more than the decay of our material flesh is intended here; the carnal mind, the flesh in
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871

Cross References
James 1:10
And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field.

James 1:11
The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements.

Job 4:9
A breath from God destroys them. They vanish in a blast of his anger.

Job 14:2
We blossom like a flower and then wither. Like a passing shadow, we quickly disappear.

Job 41:21
Its breath would kindle coals, for flames shoot from its mouth.

Psalm 90:5
You sweep people away like dreams that disappear. They are like grass that springs up in the morning.

Psalm 90:6
In the morning it blooms and flourishes, but by evening it is dry and withered.

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