Isaiah, Chapter 40

Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.

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Speak lovingly to the heart of Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is done, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received of the LORD's hand double for all her sins.

The voice of him who cries in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the LORD, make straight a highway in the desert for our God.

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked places shall be made level, and the rough places smooth;

and the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see [it] together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

The voice said, Cry! And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh [is] grass, and all the beauty of it [is] as the flower of the field.

The grass withers, the flower fades, because the Spirit of the LORD blows on it; surely the people [is] grass.

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The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God shall stand forever.

Go up for yourself on the high mountain, bringer of good tidings to Zion. Lift up your voice with strength, O you who bring good tidings to Jerusalem; lift up, do not be afraid. Say to the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

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Behold, the Lord Jehovah will come with a strong [hand], and His arm shall rule for Him; behold, His reward [is] with Him, and His work before Him.

He shall feed His flock like a shepherd; He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry [them] in His bosom, [and] shall gently lead those with young.

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and measured out the heavens with a span? And who has shut up the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, and what man taught Him counsel?

With whom did He take counsel, and [who] instructed Him and taught Him in the path of judgment, and taught Him knowledge, and made known the way of understanding to Him?

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Behold, the nations [are] like a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the scales; behold, He takes up the coastlands as a very little thing.

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And Lebanon [is] not enough to burn, nor the beasts of it enough [for] a burnt offering.

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All nations before Him [are] as nothing; and to Him they are thought to be less than nothing, and vanity.

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To whom then will you compare God? Or what likeness will you compare to Him?

The workman melts a graven image, and the goldsmith spreads it over with gold, and casts silver chains.

He too poor for [that] offering chooses a tree that will not rot; he looks for a skillful workman to prepare a graven image that will not totter.

Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood [from] the foundations of the earth?

[It is] He who sits on the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in;

who brings the rulers to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth as vanity.

Yes, they shall not be planted; yes, they shall not be sown. Yes, their stump shall not take root in the earth. And He shall also blow on them, and they shall wither, and the tempest shall take them away like stubble.

To whom then will you compare Me, or [am] I equaled? says the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes on high, and behold, who has created these, who brings out their host by number? He calls them all by names by the greatness of His might, for He is strong in power; not one is lacking.

Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, My way is hidden from the LORD and my judgment has passed over from my God?

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Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not grow weak nor weary? [There is] no searching of His understanding.

[He] gives power to the weary; and to him with no vigor; He increases strength.

Even the young shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall;

but those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up [with] wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

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