"1Comfort, O comfort My people," says your God.
"2Speakakindly to Jerusalem ; And call out to her, that her b3warfare has ended, That her c4iniquity has been removed, That she has received of the LORD'Shand5Double for all her sins."
36A voicedis calling, "7Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness ; Makesmooth in the desert a highway for our God.
"Let everyvalley be lifted up, And everymountain and hill be madelow ; And let the roughgroundbecome a plain, And the ruggedterrain a broadvalley ;
5eThen the 8glory of the LORD will be revealed, And 9allflesh will see it together ; For the 10mouth of the LORD has spoken."
A voicesays, "Call out." Then fhe answered, "What shall I call out?" 11Allflesh is grass, and all its gloveliness is like the flower of the field.
The 12grasswithers, the flowerfades, hWhen the 13breath of the LORDblows upon it; Surely the people are grass.
The grasswithers, the flowerfades, But 14the word of our Godstandsforever.
9Get yourself up on a 15highmountain, O Zion, bearer of 16good news, Lift up your voicemightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news ; Lift it up, do not fear. Say to the 17cities of Judah, "18Here is your God !"
10Behold, the LordiGOD will come19with might, With His 20armruling for Him. Behold, His 21reward is with Him And His recompensebefore Him.
Like a shepherd He will 22tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom ; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.
12Who has 23measured the jwaters in the hollow of His hand, And markedoff the heavens by the kspan, And lcalculated the dust of the earth by the measure, And weighed the mountains in a balance And the hills in a pair of scales ?
1324Who has mdirected the Spirit of the LORD, Or as His 25counselor has informed Him?
1426With whom did He consult and who 27gave Him understanding ? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge And informed Him of the way of understanding ?
15Behold, the 28nations are like a drop from a bucket, And are regarded as a speck of 29dust on the scales ; Behold, He lifts up the nislands like finedust.
Even Lebanon is not enough to burn, Nor its 30beastsenough for a burntoffering.
1731All the nations are as nothingbefore Him, They are regarded by Him as lessthannothing and omeaningless.
1832To whom then will you likenGod ? Or whatlikeness will you compare with Him?
As for the p33idol, a craftsmancasts it, A goldsmith34plates it with gold, And a silversmith fashions chains of silver.
He who is too impoverished for such an offeringSelects a 35tree that does not rot ; He seeks out for himself a skillfulcraftsman To qprepareran idol that 36will not totter.
2137Do you not know ? Have you not heard ? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning ? Have you not understood38from the foundations of the earth ?
It is He who ssitsabove the t39circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like 40grasshoppers, Who 41stretches out the heavens like a 42curtain And spreads them out like a 43tent to dwell in.
He it is who reduces44rulers to nothing, Who 45makes the judges of the earthumeaningless.
24vScarcely have they been planted, wScarcely have they been sown, xScarcely has their stocktakenroot in the earth, But He merelyblows on them, and they wither, And the 46stormcarries them away like stubble.
"47To whom then will you liken Me That I would be his equal ?" says the HolyOne.
2648Lift up your eyes on high And see49who has createdthese stars, The 50One who leadsforth their host by number, He calls them all by name ; Because of the 51greatness of His might and the ystrength of His power, 52Not one of them is missing.