Isaiah 40
International Standard Version

God Comforts His People

1“Comfort! Yes, comfort my people,”

says your God.

2“Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,

and proclaim to her

that her heavy service has been completed,

that her penalty has been paid,

that she has received from the LORD’s hand

double for all her sins.”

3A voice cries out:

‘In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD;

anda in the desert a straight highway for our God.’

4Every valley will be lifted up,

and every mountain and hill will be lowered;

the rough ground will become level,

and the mountain ridges made a plain.

5Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed,

and all humanity will see it at once;

for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

The Word of God Endures Forever

6A voice says, “Cry out!”

So Ib asked, “What am I to cry out?”

“All humanity is grass,

and all its loyaltyc is like the flowers of the field.

7Grass withers and flowers fade away

when the LORD’s breath blows on them;

surely the people are like grass.d

8Grass withers and flowers fade away,

when the LORD’s breath blows on them,

but the word ofe our God will stand forever. “

Here is Your God

9“Climb up a high mountain,

you messenger of good news to Zion!

Lift up your voice with strength,

you messenger to Jerusalem!

Lift it up!

Don’t be afraid!

Say to the towns of Judah,

‘Here is your God!’

10Look! The Lord GOD comes with strength,

and his armf rules for him.

Look! His reward is with him,

and his payment accompanies him.

11Like a shepherd, he tends his flock.

He gathers the lambs in his arms,

carries them close to his heart,

and gently leads the mother sheep.”

Who is Like the LORD?

12“Who has measured the waters of the seag

in the hollow of his hand

and marked off the heavens

by the width of his hand?h

Who has enclosed the dust of the earth

in a measuring bowl,

or weighed the mountains

in scales

and the hills in a balance?

13Who has fathomed the Spirit of the LORD,

or as his counselor has taught him?i

14With whom did he consult

to enlighten and instruct him on the path of justice?

Or who taught him knowledge

and showed him the way of wisdom?

15“Look! The nations are like a drop in a bucket,

and are reckoned as dust on the scales.

Look! He even lifts up the islands like powder!

16Lebanon would not provide enough fuel,

nor are its animals enough for a burnt offering.j

17All the nations are as nothing before him—

they are reckoned by him ask nothing and chaos.

18“To whom, then, will you compare me,l the One who ism God?

Or to what image will you liken me?n

19To an idol? A craftsman makeso the image,

and a goldsmith overlays it with gold

and casts silver chains.

20To the impoverished person?

He preparesp an offering—q

wood that won’t rot—

Or to the one who chooses a skilled craftsmanr

ands seekst to erect an idol that won’t topple?”

The Majesty of the LORD

21“You know, don’t you?

You have heard, haven’t you?

Hasn’t it been told you from the beginning?

Haven’t you understood from the foundations of theu earth?

22He’s the one who sits above the disk of the earth,

and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers.

He’s the one who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,

and spreads them like a tent to live in,

23who brings princes to nothing,

and makes void the rulers of the earth.

24No sooner are they planted,

no sooner are they sown,

no sooner havev their stems taken root in the earth,

thanw he blows on them, and they wither,

and the tempest sweeps them away like stubble.

25“Tox whom, then, will you compare me,

and to whom should I be equal?”

asks the Holy One.

26“Lift your eyes up to heaven and see

who created all these—

the one who leads out their vast array of stars by number,

calling them all by name—

because of his great might

and hisy powerful strengthz

andaa not one is missing.”

The LORD Watches Israel

27“Jacob, why do you say—

and Israel, why do you complain—

‘My predicament is hidden from the LORD,

and my cause is ignored by my God.’?

28Don’t you know?

Haven’t you heard?

The LORD is the eternal God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He does not grow tired or weary;

andbb his understanding cannot be fathomed.

29He’s thecc one who gives might to the faint,

renewing strength for the powerless.

30Even boys grow tired and weary,

and young men collapse and fall,

31but those who keep waiting for the LORD will renew their strength.

Thendd they’ll soar on wings like eagles;

they’ll run and not grow weary;

they’ll walk and not grow tired.”


Footnotes:
a 40:3 So1QIsaa; MT LXX lack and
b 40:6 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads he
c 40:6 Or glory
d 40:7 So MT; 1QIsaa LXX lack this v.
e 40:8 So MT LXX; 1QIsaa lacks the word of
f 40:10 i.e. the Messiah
g 40:12 Lit. from
h 40:12 So 1QIsaa Syr; MT LXX read by a hand’s width
i 40:13 i.e. the Spirit; so 1QIsaa; MT reads the LORD
j 40:14b-16 So MT LXX; 1QIsaa includes these lines by a later scribe
k 40:17 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads as less than
l 40:18 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack me
m 40:18 1QIsaa LXX MT lack the One who is
n 40:18 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read him
o 40:19 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads casts
p 40:20 1QIsaa MT LXX lack prepares
q 40:20 So MT; later 1QIsaa scribe includes this line
r 40:20 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read chooses wood
s 40:20 So 1QIsaa; MT lacks and
t 40:20 So 1QIsaa; MT reads seeks a skilled craftsman
u 40:21 So MT; implied in 1QIsaa
v 40:24 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsab MT LXX read has
w 40:24 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsab MT read and then; LXX lacks than
x 40:25 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsab MT read And to
y 40:26 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack his
z 40:26 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads strong
aa 40:26 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack and
bb 40:28 So 1QIsaa LXX; the Heb. lacks and
cc 40:29 So 1QIsaa; the Heb. lacks The
dd 40:31 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack Then



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