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Isaiah 40 (Lexham English Bible)

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Comfort for God’s People

1 "Comfort; comfort my people," says your God. 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}a together shall see [it], for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken." 6 A voice [is] saying, "Call!" And he said, "What shall I call?" All {humankind}b [are] grass, and all his loyalty [is] like the flowers of the field. 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, butc the word of our God will stand forever. 9 {Get yourself}d 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!" 10 Look! The Lord Yahweh comes with {strength},e and his arm rules for him. Look! His reward [is] with him, and his recompense {in his presence}.f 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,g and [the] hills in a balance? 13 Who has measured up the spirit of Yahweh or informed him [as] {his counselor}h? 14 With whom has he consulted, thati he enlightened himj and taught him [the] path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and made [the] way of understanding known to him? 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 animalsk not enough for a burnt offering. 17 All the nations [are] like nothing before him; they are counted by him asl nothing and emptiness. 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}m overlays it with gold, and [he] smelts chains of silver. 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}?n Have you not understood [from] the foundation of the earth? 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 bringso princes to nothing; he makes rulers of [the] earth like nothing. 24 Indeed, hardly are they planted; indeed, hardly [are they] sown; indeed, hardly has their shoot taken root in the earth whenp he blows on them and they wither, and [the] tempest carries them like stubble. 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}q do you say, Jacob, and you speak, Israel, "My way is hidden from Yahweh, and my judgment is passed over by my God?" 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}.r 30 Evens young people will be faint and grow weary, and [the] young will stumble, exhausted. 31 Butt those who wait for Yahweh shall renew [their] strength. They shall go up [with] wingsu like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary; they shall walk and not be faint.
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