Isaiah 40:13-23 NIV

13 Who has understood the minda1 of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor?2

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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 knowledge3 or showed him the path of understanding?4

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      15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales;5 he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.6

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      16 Lebanon7 is not sufficient for altar fires, nor its animals8 enough for burnt offerings.

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      17 Before him all the nations9 are as nothing;10 they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.11

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      18 To whom, then, will you compare God?12 What image13 will you compare him to?

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      19 As for an idol,14 a craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith15 overlays it with gold16 and fashions silver chains for it.

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      20 A man too poor to present such an offering selects wood17 that will not rot. He looks for a skilled craftsman to set up an idol18 that will not topple.19

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      21 Do you not know? Have you not heard?20 Has it not been told21 you from the beginning?22 Have you not understood23 since the earth was founded?24

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      22 He sits enthroned25 above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers.26 He stretches out the heavens27 like a canopy,28 and spreads them out like a tent29 to live in.30

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      23 He brings princes31 to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.32

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