Isaiah 40:8-18 (New International Version)

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8 The grass withers and the flowers1 fall, but the word2 of our God stands3 forever.4" 9 You who bring good tidings5 to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem,a6 lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!"7 10 See, the Sovereign LORD comes8 with power,9 and his arm10 rules11 for him. See, his reward12 is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. 11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:13 He gathers the lambs in his arms14 and carries them close to his heart;15 he gently leads16 those that have young.17 12 Who has measured the waters18 in the hollow of his hand,19 or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?20 Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?21 13 Who has understood the mindb22 of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor?23 14 Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge24 or showed him the path of understanding?25 15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales;26 he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.27 16 Lebanon28 is not sufficient for altar fires, nor its animals29 enough for burnt offerings. 17 Before him all the nations30 are as nothing;31 they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.32 18 To whom, then, will you compare God?33 What image34 will you compare him to?
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