Isaiah 40:26-31

26 1Lift up your eyes on high And see 2who has created these stars, The 3One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the 4greatness of His might and the strength of His power, 5Not one of them is missing.
27 6Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, "My way is 7hidden from the LORD, And the 8justice due me escapes the notice of 9my God "?
28 10Do you not know? Have you not heard? The 11Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is 12inscrutable *.
29 He gives strength to the 13weary, And to him who lacks might He 14increases power.
30 Though 15youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous 16young men stumble badly,
31 Yet those who wait for the LORD Will 17gain new strength; They will 18mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

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Isaiah 40:26-31 Meaning and Commentary


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.

Cross References 18

  • 1. Isaiah 51:6
  • 2. Isaiah 42:5; Isaiah 48:12, 13
  • 3. Psalms 147:4
  • 4. Psalms 89:11-13
  • 5. Isaiah 34:16; Isaiah 48:13
  • 6. Isaiah 49:4, 14
  • 7. Isaiah 54:8
  • 8. Job 27:2; Job 34:5; Luke 18:7, 8
  • 9. Isaiah 25:1
  • 10. Isaiah 40:21
  • 11. Genesis 21:33; Psalms 90:2
  • 12. Psalms 147:5; Romans 11:33
  • 13. Isaiah 50:4; Jeremiah 31:25
  • 14. Isaiah 41:10
  • 15. Jeremiah 6:11; Jeremiah 9:21
  • 16. Isaiah 9:17
  • 17. Job 17:9; Psalms 103:5; 2 Cor 4:8-10, 16
  • 18. Exodus 19:4; Deuteronomy 32:11; Luke 18:1; 2 Corinthians 4:1, 16; Galatians 6:9; Hebrews 12:3

Footnotes 5

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