40Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.H5162H5162H5971H559H4302Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins.H1696H3820H3389H7121H6635H4390H5771H7521H3947H3068H3027H3718H24033A voice of one calling: "In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD ; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.H6963H7121H4057H6437H1870H3068H3474H6160H4546H4304Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.H1516H5375H2022H1389H8213H6121H4334H7406H12375And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."H3519H3068H1540H1320H7200H3162H6310H3068H16966A voice says, "Cry out." And I said, "What shall I cry?" "All people are like grass, and all human faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.H6963H559H7121H559H7121H1320H2682H2617H6731H77047The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass.H2682H3001H6731H5034H7307H3068H5380H403H5971H26828The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever."H2682H3001H6731H5034H1697H430H6965H57699You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!"H6726H1319H5927H1364H2022H3389H1319H7311H6963H3581H7311H3372H559H5892H3063H43010See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.H136H3069H935H2389H2220H4910H7939H6468H644011He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.H7462H5739H7462H6908H2922H2220H5375H2436H5095H576312Who 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?H4058H4325H8168H8505H8064H2239H3557H6083H776H7991H8254H2022H6425H1389H397613Who can fathom the Spirit of the LORD, or instruct the LORD as his counselor?H8505H7307H3068H376H6098H304514Whom 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?H3289H995H3925H734H4941H3925H1847H3045H1870H839415Surely 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.H1471H4752H1805H2803H7834H3976H5190H339H185116Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires, nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.H3844H369H1767H1197H2416H1767H593017Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.H1471H2803H657H841418With whom, then, will you compare God? To what image will you liken him?H1819H410H1823H618619As for an idol, a metal worker casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and fashions silver chains for it.H2796H5258H6459H6884H7554H2091H6884H3701H757720People too poor to present such an offering select wood that will not rot. They look for a skilled worker to set up an idol that will not topple.H5533H5534H8641H977H6086H7537H1245H2450H2796H3559H6459H413121Do 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?H3045H8085H5046H7218H995H4146H77622He 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.H3427H2329H776H3427H2284H5186H8064H1852H4969H168H342723He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.H5414H7336H6213H8199H776H841424No 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.H5193H2232H1503H8327H776H5398H3001H5591H5375H717925"To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.H1819H7737H559H691826Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.H5375H5869H4791H7200H1254H3318H6635H4557H7121H8034H7230H202H533H3581H376H573727Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God"?H559H3290H1696H3478H1870H5641H3068H4941H5674H43028Do 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.H3045H8085H5769H430H3068H1254H7098H776H3286H3021H2714H839429He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.H5414H3581H3287H202H7235H610930Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;H5288H3286H3021H970H3782H378231but 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.H6960H3068H2498H3581H5927H83H5404H7323H3021H3212H3286
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