Isaiah 40 - Prayer Tents



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Isaiah 40
New International Version (1984)

Comfort for God’s People

40Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.H5162H5162H5971H559H430 2Speak 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.H1696H3820H3389H7121H6635H4390H5771H7521H3947H3068H3027H3718H2403 3A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.H6963H7121H4057H6437H1870H3068H3474H6160H4546H430 4Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.H1516H5375H2022H1389H8213H6121H4334H7406H1237 5And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."H3519H3068H1540H1320H7200H3162H6310H3068H1696 6A voice says, "Cry out." And I said, "What shall I cry?" "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.H6963H559H7121H559H7121H1320H2682H2617H6731H7704 7The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass.H2682H3001H6731H5034H7307H3068H5380H403H5971H2682 8The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever."H2682H3001H6731H5034H1697H430H6965H5769 9You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings 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!"H6726H1319H5927H1364H2022H3389H1319H7311H6963H3581H7311H3372H559H5892H3063H430 10See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.H136H3069H935H2389H2220H4910H7939H6468H6440 11He 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.H7462H5739H7462H6908H2922H2220H5375H2436H5095H5763 12Who 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?H4058H4325H8168H8505H8064H2239H3557H6083H776H7991H8254H2022H6425H1389H3976 13Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor?H8505H7307H3068H376H6098H3045 14Whom 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?H3289H995H3925H734H4941H3925H1847H3045H1870H8394 15Surely 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.H1471H4752H1805H2803H7834H3976H5190H339H1851 16Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires, nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.H3844H369H1767H1197H2416H1767H5930 17Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.H1471H2803H657H8414 18To whom, then, will you compare God? What image will you compare him to?H1819H410H1823H6186 19As for an idol, a craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and fashions silver chains for it.H2796H5258H6459H6884H7554H2091H6884H3701H7577 20A man too poor to present such an offering selects wood that will not rot. He looks for a skilled craftsman to set up an idol that will not topple.H5533H5534H8641H977H6086H7537H1245H2450H2796H3559H6459H4131 21Do 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?H3045H8085H5046H7218H995H4146H776 22He 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.H3427H2329H776H3427H2284H5186H8064H1852H4969H168H3427 23He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.H5414H7336H6213H8199H776H8414 24No 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.H5193H2232H1503H8327H776H5398H3001H5591H5375H7179 25"To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.H1819H7737H559H6918 26Lift 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.H5375H5869H4791H7200H1254H3318H6635H4557H7121H8034H7230H202H533H3581H376H5737 27Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God"?H559H3290H1696H3478H1870H5641H3068H4941H5674H430 28Do 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.H3045H8085H5769H430H3068H1254H7098H776H3286H3021H2714H8394 29He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.H5414H3581H3287H202H7235H6109 30Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;H5288H3286H3021H970H3782H3782 31but 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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