Isaiah 40:12-31 NIV

12 Who has measured the waters1 in the hollow of his hand,2 or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?3 Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?4

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13 Who has understood the minda5 of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor?6

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    • d 40:13 - Or "Spirit "; or "spirit"
      14 Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge7 or showed him the path of understanding?8

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      15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales;9 he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.10

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      16 Lebanon11 is not sufficient for altar fires, nor its animals12 enough for burnt offerings.

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      17 Before him all the nations13 are as nothing;14 they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.15

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      18 To whom, then, will you compare God?16 What image17 will you compare him to?

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      19 As for an idol,18 a craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith19 overlays it with gold20 and fashions silver chains for it.

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      20 A man too poor to present such an offering selects wood21 that will not rot. He looks for a skilled craftsman to set up an idol22 that will not topple.23

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      21 Do you not know? Have you not heard?24 Has it not been told25 you from the beginning?26 Have you not understood27 since the earth was founded?28

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      22 He sits enthroned29 above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers.30 He stretches out the heavens31 like a canopy,32 and spreads them out like a tent33 to live in.34

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      23 He brings princes35 to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.36

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      24 No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root37 in the ground, than he blows38 on them and they wither,39 and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.40

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      25 "To whom will you compare me?41 Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.42

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      26 Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:43 Who created44 all these? He who brings out the starry host45 one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength,46 not one of them is missing.47

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      27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God"?48

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      28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?49 The LORD is the everlasting50 God, the Creator51 of the ends of the earth.52 He will not grow tired or weary,53 and his understanding no one can fathom.54

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          29 He gives strength55 to the weary56 and increases the power of the weak.

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          30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men57 stumble and fall;58

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          31 but those who hope59 in the LORD will renew their strength.60 They will soar on wings like eagles;61 they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.62

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