Isaiah 40

1God sendeth comfort to his people in the remission of sins. 3The preaching of John the Baptist. 9The glad tidings of the gospel. 12God's infinite power and wisdom; 18the vanity of likening him to any other being. 26An exhortation to trust in God's power and providence without desponding.

1 1COMFORT ye, comfort ye my people, 2saith your God.

2 Speak ye acomfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her bwarfare is accomplished, 1that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand 2double for all her sins.

31The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, 2Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

4 1Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and 2the crooked shall be made astraight, and the rough places bplain:

5 1And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, 2and all flesh shall see it together: 3for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? 1All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

7 1The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the aspirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely 2the people is grass.

8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: 1but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

9aO Zion, that 1bringest good tidings, get thee 2up into the high mountain; bO Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, 3be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, 4Behold your God!

10 Behold, the Lord God will come 1awith strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, 2his reward is with him, and bhis work before him.

11 He shall 1feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall 2gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall 3gently lead those athat are with young.

121Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in aa measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

13 1Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his acounsellor hath taught him?

14 With whom took he counsel, and who ainstructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and 1taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of bunderstanding?

15 Behold, 1the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.

16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, 1nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.

17 All nations before him are as 1nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

18 ¶ To whom then will ye 1liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

19 1The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.

20 He that is so impoverished that he ahath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that 1shall not be moved.

21 1Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?

22 it is ahe that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are 1as grasshoppers; that 2stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

23 1That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

24 Yea, 1they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also 2blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.

25 1To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith 2the Holy One.

26 1Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, 1My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?

281Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? 2there is no searching of his understanding.

29 1He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

30 1Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

31 But 1they that wait upon the Lord shall arenew their strength; they shall 2mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and 3they shall walk, and not faint.