Isaiah 40:9-19 NIV

9 You who bring good tidings1 to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem,a2 lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!"3

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    • c 40:9 - Or "O Zion, bringer of good tidings, / go up on a high mountain. / O Jerusalem, bringer of good tidings"
      10 See, the Sovereign LORD comes4 with power,5 and his arm6 rules7 for him. See, his reward8 is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.

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      11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:9 He gathers the lambs in his arms10 and carries them close to his heart;11 he gently leads12 those that have young.13

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      12 Who has measured the waters14 in the hollow of his hand,15 or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?16 Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?17

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      13 Who has understood the mindb18 of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor?19

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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 knowledge20 or showed him the path of understanding?21

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          15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales;22 he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.23

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          16 Lebanon24 is not sufficient for altar fires, nor its animals25 enough for burnt offerings.

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          17 Before him all the nations26 are as nothing;27 they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.28

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          18 To whom, then, will you compare God?29 What image30 will you compare him to?

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          19 As for an idol,31 a craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith32 overlays it with gold33 and fashions silver chains for it.

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