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Isaiah 40:12-25 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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12 Who has measured the waters in the palm of a hand or gauged the heavens with a ruler or scooped the earth's dust up in a measuring cup or weighed the mountains on a scale and the hills in a balance? 12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?
13 Who directed the LORD's spirit and acted as God's advisor? 13 Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor?
14 Whom did he consult for enlightenment? Who taught him the path of justice and knowledge and explained to him the way of understanding? 14 Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding?
15 Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket, and valued as dust on a scale. Look, God weighs the islands like fine dust. 15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
16 Lebanon doesn't have enough fuel; its animals aren't enough for an entirely burned offering. 16 Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires, nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.
17 All the nations are like nothing before God. They are viewed as less than nothing and emptiness. 17 Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.
18 So to whom will you equate God; to what likeness will you compare him? 18 To whom, then, will you compare God? What image will you compare him to?
19 An idol? A craftsman pours it, a metalworker covers it with gold, and fashions silver chains. 19 As for an idol, a craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and fashions silver chains for it.
20 The one who sets up an image chooses wood that won't rot and then seeks a skilled artisan to set up an idol that won't move. 20 A man too poor to present such an offering selects wood that will not rot. He looks for a skilled craftsman to set up an idol that will not topple.
21 Don't you know? Haven't you heard? Wasn't it announced to you from the beginning? Haven't you understood since the earth was founded? 21 Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
22 God inhabits the earth's horizon— its inhabitants are like locusts— stretches out the skies like a curtain and spreads it out like a tent for dwelling. 22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
23 God makes dignitaries useless and the earth's judges into nothing. 23 He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely is their shoot rooted in the earth when God breathes on them, and they dry up; the windstorm carries them off like straw. 24 No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.
25 So to whom will you compare me, and who is my equal? says the holy one. 25 "To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.