Isaiah 40:25-31

25 “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
27 Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

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Isaiah 40:25 in Other Translations

KJV
25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
ESV
25 To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
NLT
25 “To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.
MSG
25 "So - who is like me? Who holds a candle to me?" says The Holy.
CSB
25 "Who will you compare Me to, or who is My equal?" asks the Holy One.

Isaiah 40:25-31 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH 40

This chapter treats of the comforts of God's people; of the forerunner and coming of the Messiah; of his work, and the dignity of his person; of the folly of making idols, and of the groundless complaints of the church of God. The consolations of God's people, by whom to be administered, and the matter, ground, and reason of them, Isa 40:1,2. John the Baptist, the harbinger of Christ, is described by his work and office, and the effects of it; it issuing in the humiliation of some, and the exaltation of others, and in the revelation of the glory of Christ, Isa 40:3-5, then follows an order to every minister of the Gospel what he should preach and publish; the weakness and insufficiency of men to anything that is spiritually good; their fading and withering goodliness, which is to be ascribed to the blowing of the Spirit of God upon it; and the firmness and constancy of the word of God is declared, Isa 40:6-8, next the apostles of Christ in Jerusalem are particularly exhorted to publish fervently and openly the good tidings of the Gospel; to proclaim the coming of Christ, the manner of it, and the work he came about; and to signify his faithful discharge of his office as a shepherd, Isa 40:9-11, the dignity of whose person is set forth by his almighty power, by his infinite wisdom, and by the greatness of his majesty, in comparison of which all nations and things are as nothing, Isa 40:12-17 and then the vanity of framing any likeness to God, and of forming idols for worship, is observed, Isa 40:18-25, and from the consideration of the divine power in creation and upholding all things, the church of God is encouraged to expect renewed strength and persevering grace, and is blamed for giving way to a distrustful and murmuring spirit, Isa 40:26-31.

Isaiah 40:25-31 In-Context

23 He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
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 “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
27 Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Cross References 22

  • 1. ver 18; S 1 Samuel 2:2; S 1 Chronicles 16:25
  • 2. Isaiah 1:4; Isaiah 37:23
  • 3. Isaiah 51:6
  • 4. ver 28; Psalms 89:11-13; Isaiah 42:5; Isaiah 66:2
  • 5. S 2 Kings 17:16; S Nehemiah 9:6; S Job 38:32; Psalms 147:4
  • 6. S Job 9:4; S Isaiah 45:24; Ephesians 1:19
  • 7. S Isaiah 34:16
  • 8. S Job 6:29; S Job 27:2; Luke 18:7-8
  • 9. S ver 21
  • 10. S Deuteronomy 33:27; S Psalms 90:2
  • 11. S ver 26
  • 12. S Isaiah 37:16
  • 13. Isaiah 44:12
  • 14. S Psalms 147:5; Romans 11:33
  • 15. S Genesis 18:14; S Psalms 68:35; S Psalms 119:28
  • 16. Isaiah 50:4; Isaiah 57:19; Jeremiah 31:25
  • 17. Isaiah 9:17; Jeremiah 6:11; Jeremiah 9:21
  • 18. S Psalms 20:8; Isaiah 5:27
  • 19. S Psalms 37:9; Psalms 40:1; S Isaiah 30:18; Luke 18:1
  • 20. S 1 Samuel 2:4; S 2 Kings 6:33; S 2 Corinthians 4:16
  • 21. S Exodus 19:4; Psalms 103:5
  • 22. 2 Corinthians 4:1; Hebrews 12:1-3
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