Isaiah 40:17-27 (English Standard Version)

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17 1All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness. 18 2To whom then will you liken God, 3or what likeness compare with him? 19 4An idol! A craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and casts for it silver chains. 20 5He who is too impoverished for an offering chooses wooda that will not rot; he seeks out a skillful craftsman to set up an idol that will not move. 21 6Do 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? 22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are 7like grasshoppers; 8who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; 23 9who 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, 10and the tempest carries them off like stubble. 25 11To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? 12He 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, 13"My way is hidden from the LORD, 14and my right is disregarded by my God"?
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