Comfort for God’s People

1 "Comfort; comfort my people," says your God.

References for Isaiah 40:1

      2 "Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, and call to her, that her compulsory labor is fulfilled, that her sin is paid for, that she has {received} from the hand of Yahweh double for all her sins."
      3 A voice [is] calling in the wilderness, "Clear the way of Yahweh! Make a highway smooth in the desert for our God!
      4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill shall become low, And the rough ground shall be like a plain, and the rugged ground like a valley-plain.
      5 And the glory of Yahweh shall be revealed, and all {humankind} together shall see [it], for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken."

      References for Isaiah 40:5

        • a 40:5 - Literally "flesh"
          6 A voice [is] saying, "Call!" And he said, "What shall I call?" All {humankind} [are] grass, and all his loyalty [is] like the flowers of the field.

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            • b 40:6 - Literally "flesh"
              7 Grass withers; [the] flower withers when the breath of Yahweh blows on it. Surely the people [are] grass.
              8 Grass withers; [the] flower withers, but the word of our God will stand forever.

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                  9 {Get yourself} up to a high mountain, Zion, bringer of good news! Lift up your voice with strength, Jerusalem, bringer of good news! Lift [it] up; you must not fear! Say to the cities of Judah, "Here [is] your God!"

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                    • d 40:9 - Literally "Go for you"
                      10 Look! The Lord Yahweh comes with {strength}, and his arm rules for him. Look! His reward [is] with him, and his recompense {in his presence}.

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                        • e 40:10 - Literally "strong"
                        • f 40:10 - Literally "before his face"
                          11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather [the] lambs in his arm, and he will carry [them] in his bosom; he will lead those who nurse.
                          12 Who has measured [the] waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off [the] heavens with [a] span, comprehended the dust of the earth in [a] third of a measure and weighed out [the] mountains in the scales, and [the] hills in a balance?

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                            • g 40:12 - Hebrew "scale"
                              13 Who has measured up the spirit of Yahweh or informed him [as] {his counselor}?

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                                • h 40:13 - Literally "the man of his counsel"
                                  14 With whom has he consulted, that he enlightened him and taught him [the] path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and made [the] way of understanding known to him?

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                                    • i 40:14 - Or "and"
                                    • j 40:14 - Or "made him understand"
                                      15 Look! [The] nations [are] like a drop from a bucket, and they are counted like dust of [the] balances! Look! He weighs [the] islands like a thin covering.
                                      16 And Lebanon [is] not enough to light a fire, and its animals not enough for a burnt offering.

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                                        • k 40:16 - Hebrew "animal"
                                          17 All the nations [are] like nothing before him; they are counted by him as nothing and emptiness.

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                                              18 And to whom will you liken God? And to what likeness will you compare him?
                                              19 A craftsman pours out the idol, and a {goldsmith} overlays it with gold, and [he] smelts chains of silver.

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                                                • m 40:19 - Literally "refiner"
                                                  20 The one who is [too] impoverished [for] a gift chooses wood [that] will not rot; he seeks a skillful artisan for himself to set up an image [that] will not be knocked over.
                                                  21 Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told to you from [the] {beginning}? Have you not understood [from] the foundation of the earth?

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                                                    • n 40:21 - Literally "head"
                                                      22 [He is] the one who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants [are] like grasshoppers; the one who stretches out [the] heavens like a veil and spreads them out like [a] tent to live [in],
                                                      23 the one who brings princes to nothing; he makes rulers of [the] earth like nothing.

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                                                          24 Indeed, hardly are they planted; indeed, hardly [are they] sown; indeed, hardly has their shoot taken root in the earth when he blows on them and they wither, and [the] tempest carries them like stubble.

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                                                              25 "And to whom you will compare me, and am I equal?" says [the] holy one.
                                                              26 Lift your eyes up [on] high, and see! Who created these? The one who brings out their host by number. He calls all them by name. Because [he is] great of power and mighty of power, no man is missing.
                                                              27 {Why} do you say, Jacob, and you speak, Israel, "My way is hidden from Yahweh, and my judgment is passed over by my God?"

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                                                                • q 40:27 - Literally "To what"
                                                                  28 Have you not known, or have you not heard? Yahweh [is] the God of eternity, [the] creator [of] the ends of the earth! He is not faint, and he does not grow weary! There is no searching his understanding.
                                                                  29 [He] gives power to the weary, and he increases power for {the powerless}.

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                                                                    • r 40:29 - Literally "not power"
                                                                      30 Even young people will be faint and grow weary, and [the] young will stumble, exhausted.

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                                                                          31 But those who wait for Yahweh shall renew [their] strength. They shall go up [with] wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary; they shall walk and not be faint.

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