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Isaiah 40
Holman Christian Standard Bible

God’s People Comforted

40"Comfort, comfort My people," says your God.H5162H5162H5971H559H430 2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and announce to her that her time of servitude is over, her iniquity has been pardoned, and she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins.H1696H3820H3389H7121H6635H4390H5771H7521H3947H3068H3027H3718H2403 3A voice of one crying out: Prepare the way of the LORD in the wilderness; make a straight highway for our God in the desert.H6963H7121H4057H6437H1870H3068H3474H6160H4546H430 4Every valley will be lifted up, and every mountain and hill will be leveled; the uneven ground will become smooth, and the rough places a plain.H1516H5375H2022H1389H8213H6121H4334H7406H1237 5And the glory of the LORD will appear, and all humanity will see [it] together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.H3519H3068H1540H1320H7200H3162H6310H3068H1696 6A voice was saying, "Cry out!" Another said, "What should I cry out?" "All humanity is grass, and all its goodness is like the flower of the field.H6963H559H7121H559H7121H1320H2682H2617H6731H7704 7The grass withers, the flowers fade when the breath of the LORD blows on them; indeed, the people are grass.H2682H3001H6731H5034H7307H3068H5380H403H5971H2682 8The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever."H2682H3001H6731H5034H1697H430H6965H5769 9Zion, herald of good news, go up on a high mountain. Jerusalem, herald of good news, raise your voice loudly. Raise it, do not be afraid! Say to the cities of Judah, "Here is your God!"H6726H1319H5927H1364H2022H3389H1319H7311H6963H3581H7311H3372H559H5892H3063H430 10See, the Lord God comes with strength, and His power establishes His rule. His reward is with Him, and His gifts accompany Him.H136H3069H935H2389H2220H4910H7939H6468H6440 11He protects His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries [them] in the fold of His [garment]. He gently leads those that are nursing.H7462H5739H7462H6908H2922H2220H5375H2436H5095H5763 12Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand or marked off the heavens with the span [of his hand]? Who has gathered the dust of the earth in a measure or weighed the mountains in a balance and the hills in scales?H4058H4325H8168H8505H8064H2239H3557H6083H776H7991H8254H2022H6425H1389H3976 13Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or who gave Him His counsel?H8505H7307H3068H376H6098H3045 14Who did He consult with? Who gave Him understanding and taught Him the paths of justice? Who taught Him knowledge and showed Him the way of understanding?H3289H995H3925H734H4941H3925H1847H3045H1870H8394 15Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are considered as a speck of dust on the scales; He lifts up the islands like fine dust.H1471H4752H1805H2803H7834H3976H5190H339H1851 16Lebanon is not enough for fuel, or its animals enough for a burnt offering.H3844H369H1767H1197H2416H1767H5930 17All the nations are as nothing before Him; they are considered by Him as nothingness and emptiness.H1471H2803H657H8414 18Who will you compare God with? What likeness will you compare Him to?H1819H410H1823H6186 19To an idol?— [something that] a smelter casts, and a metalworker plates with gold and makes silver welds [for it]?H2796H5258H6459H6884H7554H2091H6884H3701H7577 20To one who shapes a pedestal, choosing wood that does not rot? He looks for a skilled craftsman to set up an idol that will not fall over.H5533H5534H8641H977H6086H7537H1245H2450H2796H3559H6459H4131 21Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not considered the foundations of the earth?H3045H8085H5046H7218H995H4146H776 22God is enthroned above the circle of the earth; its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like thin cloth and spreads them out like a tent to live in.H3427H2329H776H3427H2284H5186H8064H1852H4969H168H3427 23He reduces princes to nothing and makes the judges of the earth to be irrational.H5414H7336H6213H8199H776H8414 24They are barely planted, barely sown, their stem hardly takes root in the ground when He blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind carries them away like stubble.H5193H2232H1503H8327H776H5398H3001H5591H5375H7179 25"Who will you compare Me to, or who is My equal?" asks the Holy One.H1819H7737H559H6918 26Look up and see: who created these? He brings out the starry host by number; He calls all of them by name. Because of His great power and strength, not one of them is missing.H5375H5869H4791H7200H1254H3318H6635H4557H7121H8034H7230H202H533H3581H376H5737 27Jacob, why do you say, and Israel, why do you assert: "My way is hidden from the LORD, and my claim is ignored by my God"?H559H3290H1696H3478H1870H5641H3068H4941H5674H430 28Do you not know? Have you not heard? Yahweh is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never grows faint or weary; there is no limit to His understanding.H3045H8085H5769H430H3068H1254H7098H776H3286H3021H2714H8394 29He gives strength to the weary and strengthens the powerless.H5414H3581H3287H202H7235H6109 30Youths may faint and grow weary, and young men stumble and fall,H5288H3286H3021H970H3782H3782 31but those who trust 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 faint.H6960H3068H2498H3581H5927H83H5404H7323H3021H3212H3286


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