Isaiah 40

The Greatness of God

a Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.
b Speak
Lit to the heart of
kindly 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.”

i A voice
Or of one calling out
is calling,
k Clear the way for the  Lord in the wilderness;
Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
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 the
Then 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.”
A voice says, “Call out.”
Then
Another reading is I said
he answered, “What shall I call out?”
q All flesh is grass, and all its
Or constancy
loveliness is like the flower of the field.
The s grass withers, the flower fades,
Or Because
When the u breath of the  Lord blows upon it;
Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But v the word of our God stands forever.

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  Lord
 God 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 sea
waters in the hollow of His hand,
And marked off the heavens by the
Or half cubit; i.e. 9 in.
span,
And
Lit contained or comprehended
calculated 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 off
directed 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 coastlands
islands 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 void
meaningless.

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
To
Or set up
prepare
Or a graven image
an 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 enthroned
sits 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 void
meaningless.
24 
Or Not even
Scarcely have they been planted,
Or Not even
Scarcely have they been sown,
Or Not even
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. strong
strength 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 God
escapes 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 in
wait for the  Lord
Will cm gain new strength;
They will
Or sprout wings
,
co mount up with
Or pinions
wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.

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