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(Isa 40:1) Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
(Isa 40:2) Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins.
(Isa 40:3) The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
(Isa 40:4) Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
(Isa 40:5) And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see {it} together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken {it}.
(Isa 40:6) The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh {is} grass, and all the goodliness thereof {is} as the flower of the field:
(Isa 40:7) The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people {is} grass.
(Isa 40:8) The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
(Isa 40:9) O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift {it} up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
(Isa 40:10) Behold, the Lord God will come with strong {hand}, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward {is} with him, and his work before him.
(Isa 40:11) He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry {them} in his bosom, {and} shall gently lead those that are with young.
(Isa 40:12) Who 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 a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
(Isa 40:13) Who hath directed the spirit of the Lord, or {being} his counseller hath taught him?
(Isa 40:14) With whom took he counsel, and {who} instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
(Isa 40:15) Behold, the 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.
(Isa 40:16) And Lebanon {is} not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
(Isa 40:17) All nations before him {are} as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
(Isa 40:18) To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
(Isa 40:19) The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.
(Isa 40:20) He that {is} so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree {that} will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, {that} shall not be moved.
(Isa 40:21) Have 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?
(Isa 40:22) {It is} he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof {are} as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
(Isa 40:23) That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
(Isa 40:24) Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
(Isa 40:25) To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
(Isa 40:26) Lift 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.
(Isa 40:27) Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
(Isa 40:28) Hast 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? {there is} no searching of his understanding.
(Isa 40:29) He giveth power to the faint; and to {them that have} no might he increaseth strength.
(Isa 40:30) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
(Isa 40:31) But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew {their} strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; {and} they shall walk, and not faint.
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