Isaiah 40 - Prayer Tents



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Isaiah 40
Good News Translation

Words of Hope

40"Comfort my people," says our God. "Comfort them!H5162H5162H5971H559H430 2Encourage the people of Jerusalem. Tell them they have suffered long enough and their sins are now forgiven. I have punished them in full for all their sins."H1696H3820H3389H7121H6635H4390H5771H7521H3947H3068H3027H3718H2403 3A voice cries out, "Prepare in the wilderness a road for the LORD! Clear the way in the desert for our God!H6963H7121H4057H6437H1870H3068H3474H6160H4546H430 4Fill every valley; level every mountain. The hills will become a plain, and the rough country will be made smooth.H1516H5375H2022H1389H8213H6121H4334H7406H1237 5Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it. The LORD himself has promised this."H3519H3068H1540H1320H7200H3162H6310H3068H1696 6A voice cries out, "Proclaim a message!" "What message shall I proclaim?" I ask. "Proclaim that all human beings are like grass; they last no longer than wild flowers.H6963H559H7121H559H7121H1320H2682H2617H6731H7704 7Grass withers and flowers fade when the LORD sends the wind blowing over them. People are no more enduring than grass.H2682H3001H6731H5034H7307H3068H5380H403H5971H2682 8Yes, grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God endures forever."H2682H3001H6731H5034H1697H430H6965H5769 9Jerusalem, go up on a high mountain and proclaim the good news! Call out with a loud voice, Zion; announce the good news! Speak out and do not be afraid. Tell the towns of Judah that their God is coming!H6726H1319H5927H1364H2022H3389H1319H7311H6963H3581H7311H3372H559H5892H3063H430 10The Sovereign LORD is coming to rule with power, bringing with him the people he has rescued.H136H3069H935H2389H2220H4910H7939H6468H6440 11He will take care of his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs together and carry them in his arms; he will gently lead their mothers.H7462H5739H7462H6908H2922H2220H5375H2436H5095H5763

Israel’s Incomparable God

12Can anyone measure the ocean by handfuls or measure the sky with his hands? Can anyone hold the soil of the earth in a cup or weigh the mountains and hills on scales?H4058H4325H8168H8505H8064H2239H3557H6083H776H7991H8254H2022H6425H1389H3976 13Can anyone tell the LORD what to do? Who can teach him or give him advice?H8505H7307H3068H376H6098H3045 14With whom does God consult in order to know and understand and to learn how things should be done?H3289H995H3925H734H4941H3925H1847H3045H1870H8394 15To the LORD the nations are nothing, no more than a drop of water; the distant islands are as light as dust.H1471H4752H1805H2803H7834H3976H5190H339H1851 16All the animals in the forests of Lebanon are not enough for a sacrifice to our God, and its trees are too few to kindle the fire.H3844H369H1767H1197H2416H1767H5930 17The nations are nothing at all to him.H1471H2803H657H8414 18To whom can God be compared? How can you describe what he is like?H1819H410H1823H6186 19He is not like an idol that workers make, that metalworkers cover with gold and set in a base of silver.H2796H5258H6459H6884H7554H2091H6884H3701H7577 20Anyone who cannot afford silver or gold chooses wood that will not rot. He finds a skillful worker to make an image that won't fall down.H5533H5534H8641H977H6086H7537H1245H2450H2796H3559H6459H4131 21Do you not know? Were you not told long ago? Have you not heard how the world began?H3045H8085H5046H7218H995H4146H776 22It was made by the one who sits on his throne above the earth and beyond the sky; the people below look as tiny as ants. He stretched out the sky like a curtain, like a tent in which to live.H3427H2329H776H3427H2284H5186H8064H1852H4969H168H3427 23He brings down powerful rulers and reduces them to nothing.H5414H7336H6213H8199H776H8414 24They are like young plants, just set out and barely rooted. When the LORD sends a wind, they dry up and blow away like straw.H5193H2232H1503H8327H776H5398H3001H5591H5375H7179 25To whom can the holy God be compared? Is there anyone else like him?H1819H7737H559H6918 26Look up at the sky! Who created the stars you see? The one who leads them out like an army, he knows how many there are and calls each one by name! His power is so great—not one of them is ever missing!H5375H5869H4791H7200H1254H3318H6635H4557H7121H8034H7230H202H533H3581H376H5737 27Israel, why then do you complain that the LORD doesn't know your troubles or care if you suffer injustice?H559H3290H1696H3478H1870H5641H3068H4941H5674H430 28Don't you know? Haven't you heard? The LORD is the everlasting God; he created all the world. He never grows tired or weary. No one understands his thoughts.H3045H8085H5769H430H3068H1254H7098H776H3286H3021H2714H8394 29He strengthens those who are weak and tired.H5414H3581H3287H202H7235H6109 30Even those who are young grow weak; young people can fall exhausted.H5288H3286H3021H970H3782H3782 31But those who trust in the LORD for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak.H6960H3068H2498H3581H5927H83H5404H7323H3021H3212H3286


Good News Translation. Scripture taken from the Good News Translation in Today’s English Version- Second Edition Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission. More details.

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