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Isaiah 40:17-27 (New American Standard)

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17 1All the nations are as nothing before Him, They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and ameaningless. 18 2To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him? 19 As for the b3idol, a craftsman casts it, A goldsmith 4plates it with gold, And a silversmith fashions chains of silver. 20 He who is too impoverished for such an offering Selects a 5tree that does not rot; He seeks out for himself a skillful craftsman To cprepare dan idol that 6will not totter. 21 7Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood 8from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is He who esits above the f9circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like 10grasshoppers, Who 11stretches out the heavens like a 12curtain And spreads them out like a 13tent to dwell in. 23 He it is who reduces 14rulers to nothing, Who 15makes the judges of the earth gmeaningless. 24 hScarcely have they been planted, iScarcely have they been sown, jScarcely has their stock taken root in the earth, But He merely blows on them, and they wither, And the 16storm carries them away like stubble. 25 "17To whom then will you liken Me That I would be his equal?" says the Holy One. 26 18Lift up your eyes on high And see 19who has created these stars, The 20One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the 21greatness of His might and the kstrength of His power, 22Not one of them is missing. 27 23Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, "My way is 24hidden from the LORD, And the 25justice due me lescapes the notice of 26my God "?
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