Isaiah 40 (asv)

God's People Are Comforted

40:1Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,
   saith your God.
40:2Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem;
   and cry unto her,
that her warfare is accomplished,
   that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she hath received of Jehovah's hand
   double for all her sins.

40:3The voice of one that crieth,
Prepare ye in the wilderness the way of Jehovah;
   make level in the desert a highway for our God.
40:4Every valley shall be exalted,
   and every mountain and hill shall be made low;
and the uneven shall be made level,
   and the rough places a plain:
40:5and the glory of Jehovah shall be revealed,
   and all flesh shall see it together;
   for the mouth of Jehovah hath spoken it.

40:6The voice of one saying, Cry.
   And one said, What shall I cry?
All flesh is grass,
   and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field.
40:7The grass withereth, the flower fadeth,
   because the breath of Jehovah bloweth upon it;
   surely the people is grass.
40:8The grass withereth, the flower fadeth;
   but the word of our God shall stand forever.
40:9O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion,
   get thee up on a high mountain;
   O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem,
lift up thy voice with strength;
   lift it up, be not afraid;
say unto the cities of Judah,
   Behold, your God!
40:10Behold, the Lord Jehovah will come as a mighty one,
   and his arm will rule for him:
Behold, his reward is with him,
   and his recompense before him.
40:11He will feed his flock like a shepherd,
   he will gather the lambs in his arm,
and carry them in his bosom,
   and will gently lead those that have their young.

40:12Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
   and meted out heaven with the span,
and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure,
   and weighed the mountains in scales,
   and the hills in a balance?
40:13Who hath directed the Spirit of Jehovah,
   or being his counsellor hath taught him?
40:14With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him,
   and taught him in the path of justice,
and taught him knowledge,
   and showed to him the way of understanding?
40:15Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket,
   and are accounted as the small dust of the balance:
   Behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
40:16And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn,
   nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt-offering.
40:17All the nations are as nothing before him;
   they are accounted by him as less than nothing, and vanity.

40:18To whom then will ye liken God?
   or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
40:19The image, a workman hath cast it,
   and the goldsmith overlayeth it with gold,
   and casteth for it silver chains.
40:20He that is too impoverished for such an oblation chooseth a tree
   that will not rot;
he seeketh unto him a skilful workman
   to set up a graven image, that shall not be moved.

40:21Have ye not known? have yet not heard?
   hath it not been told you from the beginning?
   have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
40:22It is he that sitteth above the circle of the earth,
   and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers;
that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain,
   and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in;
40:23that bringeth princes to nothing;
   that maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

40:24Yea, they have not been planted; yea, they have not been sown;
   yea, their stock hath not taken root in the earth:
moreover he bloweth upon them, and they wither,
   and the whirlwind taketh them away as stubble.

40:25To whom then will ye liken me,
   that I should be equal to him? saith the Holy One.
40:26Lift up your eyes on high, and see
   who hath created these,
that bringeth out their host by number;
   he calleth them all by name;
by the greatness of his might,
   and for that he is strong in power,
   not one is lacking.

40:27Why sayest thou, O Jacob,
   and speakest, O Israel,
My way is hid from Jehovah,
   and the justice due to me is passed away from my God?
40:28Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard?
   The everlasting God,
   Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth,
fainteth not, neither is weary;
   there is no searching of his understanding.
40:29He giveth power to the faint;
   and to him that hath no might he increaseth strength.
40:30Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
   and the young men shall utterly fall:
40:31but they that wait for Jehovah 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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Following Entry: Isaiah 41