The Greatness of God1 a “Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.
2 b “Speak ▼
▼ Lit to the heart ofkindly to Jerusalem;
And call out to her, that her ▼
▼ Or hard service, e warfare has ended,
That her ▼
▼ Or penalty of iniquity accepted as paid off, g iniquity has been removed,
That she has received of the Lord’s hand
h Double for all her sins.”
3 i A voice ▼
▼ Or of one calling outis calling,
k “Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness;
Make smooth 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 rough ground become a plain,
And the rugged terrain a broad valley;
▼ Or In order that theThen the m glory of the Lord will be revealed,
And n all flesh will see it together;
For the o mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
6 A voice says, “Call out.”
▼ Another reading is I saidhe answered, “What shall I call out?”
q All flesh is grass, and all its ▼
▼ Or constancyloveliness is like the flower of the field.
7 The s grass withers, the flower fades,
▼ Or BecauseWhen the u breath of the Lord blows upon it;
Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
But v the word of our God stands forever.
9 Get yourself up on a w high mountain,
O Zion, bearer of x good news,
Lift up your voice mightily,
O Jerusalem, bearer of good news;
Lift it up, do not fear.
Say to the y cities of Judah,
z “Here is your God!”
10 Behold, the Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered LordGod will come ab with might,
With His ac arm ruling for Him.
Behold, His ad reward is with Him
And His recompense before Him.
11 Like a shepherd He will ae tend His flock,
In His arm He will gather the lambs
And carry them in His bosom;
He will gently lead the nursing ewes.
12 Who has af measured the ▼
▼ DSS reads waters of the seawaters in the hollow of His hand,
And marked off the heavens by the ▼
▼ Or half cubit; i.e. 9 in.span,
▼ Lit contained or comprehendedcalculated the dust of the earth by the measure,
And weighed the mountains in a balance
And the hills in a pair of scales?
13 aj Who has ▼
▼ Or measured, marked offdirected the Spirit of the Lord,
Or as His al counselor has informed Him?
14 am With whom did He consult and who an gave Him understanding?
And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge
And informed Him of the way of understanding?
15 Behold, the ao nations are like a drop from a bucket,
And are regarded as a speck of ap dust on the scales;
Behold, He lifts up the ▼
▼ Or coastlandsislands like fine dust.
16 Even Lebanon is not enough to burn,
Nor its ar beasts enough for a burnt offering.
17 as All the nations are as nothing before Him,
They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and ▼
▼ Or voidmeaningless.
18 au To whom then will you liken God?
Or what likeness will you compare with Him?
19 As for the ▼
▼ Or graven image, aw idol, a craftsman casts it,
A goldsmith ax plates it with gold,
And a silversmith fashions chains of silver.
20 He who is too impoverished for such an offering
Selects a ay tree that does not rot;
He seeks out for himself a skillful craftsman
▼ Or set upprepare ▼
▼ Or a graven imagean idol that bb will not totter.
21 bc Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?
Have you not understood bd from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is He who ▼
▼ Or is enthronedsits above the ▼
▼ Or vault, bg circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like bh grasshoppers,
Who bi stretches out the heavens like a bj curtain
And spreads them out like a bk tent to dwell in.
23 He it is who reduces bl rulers to nothing,
Who bm makes the judges of the earth ▼
▼ Or voidmeaningless.
24 ▼ Scarcely have they been planted,
▼ Scarcely have they been sown,
▼ Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth,
But He merely blows on them, and they wither,
And the br storm carries them away like stubble.
25 bs “To whom then will you liken Me
That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.
26 bt Lift up your eyes on high
And see bu who has created these stars,
The bv One who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name;
Because of the bw greatness of His might and the ▼
▼ So DSS and ancient versions; M.T. strongstrength of His power,
by Not one of them is missing.
27 bz Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,
“My way is ca hidden from the Lord,
And the cb justice due me ▼
▼ Lit passes by my Godescapes the notice of cd my God”?
28 ce Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The cf Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is cg inscrutable.
29 He gives strength to the ch weary,
And to him who lacks might He ci increases power.
30 Though cj youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous ck young men stumble badly,
31 Yet those who ▼
▼ Or hope inwait for the Lord
Will cm gain new strength;
They will ▼
▼ Or sprout wings, co mount up with ▼
▼ Or pinionswings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
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