Isaiah 40

Comfort for God’s People

1 a  Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
2 b  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that c  her warfare
Or hardship
is ended,
that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the  Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.
3 e  A voice cries:
Or  A voice of one crying

g  “In the wilderness prepare the way of the  Lord;
h  make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 i  Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
5 j  And the glory of the  Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
k  for the mouth of the  Lord has spoken.”

The Word of God Stands Forever

6 A voice says, “Cry!”
And I said,
Revocalization based on Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Vulgate; Masoretic Text  And someone says
What shall I cry?”
m  All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty
Or  all its constancy
is like the flower of the field.
7The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the  Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
8 o  The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.

The Greatness of God

9 Go on up to a high mountain,
O Zion, p  herald of good news;
Or  O herald of good news to Zion

lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good news;
Or  O herald of good news to Jerusalem

lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
Behold your God!”
10 s  Behold, the Lord  God comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
t  behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
11 u  He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
v  he will gather the lambs in his arms;
w  he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.
12 x  Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
and weighed the mountains in scales
and the hills in a balance?
13 y  Who has measured
Or  has directed
the Spirit of the  Lord,
or what man shows him his counsel?
14Whom did he consult,
and who made him understand?
aa  Who taught him the path of justice,
and taught him knowledge,
and showed him the way of understanding?
15Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
and are accounted ab  as the dust on the scales;
behold, he takes up ac  the coastlands like fine dust.
16Lebanon would not suffice for fuel,
nor are ad  its beasts enough for a burnt offering.
17 ae  All the nations are as nothing before him,
they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.
18 af  To whom then will you liken God,
ag  or what likeness compare with him?
19 ah  An idol! A craftsman casts it,
and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
and casts for it silver chains.
20 ai  He who is too impoverished for an offering
chooses wood
Or  He chooses valuable wood
that will not rot;
he seeks out a skillful craftsman
to set up an idol that will not move.
21 ak  Do you not know? Do you not hear?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
and its inhabitants are al  like grasshoppers;
am  who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
23 an  who brings princes to nothing,
and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows on them, and they wither,
ao  and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
25 ap  To whom then will you compare me,
that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
26Lift up your eyes on high and see:
who created these?
aq  He who brings out their host by number,
calling them all by name,
by the greatness of his might,
and because he is strong in power
not one is missing.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
ar  “My way is hidden from the  Lord,
as  and my right is disregarded by my God”?
28Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The  Lord is at  the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
au  his understanding is unsearchable.
29He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31but av  they who wait for the  Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings aw  like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
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