40 “Comfort; comfort my people,” says your God.
that her compulsory labor is fulfilled, that her sin is paid for,
that she has ⌊received⌋a from the hand of Yahweh double for all her sins.”
Make a highway smooth in the desert for our God!
and every mountain and hill shall become low,
And the rough ground shall be like a plain,
and the rugged ground like a valley-plain.
and all ⌊humankind⌋b together shall see it,
for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken.”
And he said, “What shall I call?”
All ⌊humankind⌋c are grass,
and all his loyalty is like the flowers of the field.
when the breath of Yahweh blows on it.
Surely the people are grass.
butd the word of our God will stand forever.
9 ⌊Get yourself⌋e up to a high mountain, Zion, bringer of good news!
Lift up your voice with strength, Jerusalem, bringer of good news!
Lift it up; you must not fear!
Say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!”
10 Look! The Lord Yahweh comes with ⌊strength⌋,f
and his arm rules for him.
Look! His reward is with him,
and his recompense ⌊in his presence⌋.g
he will gather the lambs in his arm,
and he will carry them in his bosom;
he will lead those who nurse.
and marked off the heavens with a span,
comprehended the dust of the earth in a third of a measure
and weighed out the mountains in the scales,h and the hills in a balance?
or informed him as ⌊his counselor⌋i?
and taught him the path of justice,
and taught him knowledge,
and made the way of understanding known to him?
and they are counted like dust of the balances!
Look! He weighs the islands like a thin covering.
and its animalsl not enough for a burnt offering.
they are counted by him asm nothing and emptiness.
And to what likeness will you compare him?
and a ⌊goldsmith⌋n overlays it with gold,
and he smelts chains of silver.
he seeks a skillful artisan for himself to set up an image that will not be knocked over.
Have you not heard?
Has it not been told to you from the ⌊beginning⌋?o
Have you not understood from the foundation of the earth?
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
the one who stretches out the heavens like a veil
and spreads them out like a tent to live in,
23 the one who bringsp princes to nothing;
he makes rulers of the earth like nothing.
indeed, hardly has their shoot taken root in the earth
whenq he blows on them and they wither,
and the tempest carries them like stubble.
The one who brings out their host by number.
He calls all them by name.
Because he is great of power
and mighty of power, not one is missing.
27 ⌊Why⌋r do you say, Jacob,
and you speak, Israel,
“My way is hidden from Yahweh,
and my judgment is passed over by my God?”
or have you not heard?
Yahweh is the God of eternity,
the creator of the ends of the earth!
He is not faint, and he does not grow weary!
There is no searching his understanding.
and he increases power for ⌊the powerless⌋.s
30 Event young people will be faint and grow weary,
and the young will stumble, exhausted.
31 Butu those who wait for Yahweh shall renew their strength.
They shall go up with wingsv like eagles;
they shall run and not grow weary;
they shall walk and not be faint.
41 Listen to me in silence, coastlands,
and let nations renew their strength.
Let them approach, then let them speak;
let us draw near together for judgment.
summoneda him to his foot,
gives nations ⌊in his presence⌋,b
and subjugates kings?
He makesc them like the dust with his sword,
like scattered stubble with his bow.
he does not enter the path with his feet.
calling the generations from the ⌊beginning⌋?d
I, Yahweh, am first;
and I am the one with the last.
the ends of the earth tremble.
They have drawn near,
and they have come.
6 Each one helpse his neighbor;
he says to his brother, “Take courage!”
7 And the artisan encourages the ⌊goldsmith⌋,f
the one who makes smooth with the hammer encourages the one who strikes the anvil,
saying of the soldering, “It is good!”
And they strengthen it with nails so it cannot be knocked over.
8 Butg you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen,
and called from its remotest parts
and told, “You are my servant;
I have chosen you and I have not rejected you.”
you must not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, indeed I will help you,
indeed I will take hold of you with the right hand of my salvation.
⌊your opponents⌋j shall be like nothing and shall become lost.
butk you shall not find them;
⌊your opponents⌋l shall be like nothing,
and the men of your war like nothing.
⌊it is I who say⌋m to you,
“You must not fear;
I myself, I will help you.
people of Israel,
I myself, I will help you,” ⌊declares⌋n Yahweh,
“and your redeemer is the holy one of Israel.
⌊with⌋o sharp edges.
You shall thresh and crush the mountains,
and you shall make the hills like chaff.
and the tempest shall scatter them.
And you yourself shall rejoice in Yahweh;
you shall boast in the holy one of Israel.
their tongue is dried up with thirst.
I, Yahweh, will answer them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
and fountains in the midst of the valleys.
I will make the wilderness like a pool of water
and the land of dryness like springs of water.
19 I will ⌊put⌋p the cedar, acacia, myrtle, and olive oil tree in the wilderness;
I will set the cypress, elm, and box tree together in the desert
and take to heart and understand together
that the hand of Yahweh has done this,
and the holy one of Israel has created it.”
“Bring your evidence,” says the king of Jacob.
and let them tell us what will happen.
Tell us what the former things are
⌊so that⌋q we may take them to our heart
and know their outcome.r
Declare to us the things to come;
23 tell us the things coming ⌊hereafter⌋,s
thatt we may know that you are gods.
Indeed, do good oru do evil,
and your work is something worthless;
whoever chooses you is an abomination.
and he has come from the rising of the sun.
He shall call on my name,
and he shall come on officials as on mortar,
and as the ⌊potter⌋x treads clay.
Indeed, there was no one who declared it;
Indeed, there was no one who proclaimed it.
Indeed there was no one who heard your words.
And I give a heraldd of good tidings to Jerusalem.
28 Bute I look and there is no man,
and I look among these and there is no counselor,
thatf I might ask them and they might answer a word.
their works are nothing;
their images are wind and emptiness.
42 Look! here is my servant; I hold him,
my chosen one, in whom my soul delights.
I have ⌊put⌋a my spirit on him;
he will bring justice forth to the nations.
and make his voice heard in the street.
and he will not extinguish a dim wick.
He will bring justice forth inb faithfulness.
and he will not be broken
until he has established justice in the earth.
And the coastlands wait for his teaching.
who created the heavens
and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and its offspring,
who gives breath to the people upon it
and spirit to those who walk in it.
and I have grasped your hand and watched over you;
and I have given you as a covenant of the people,
as a light of the nations,
to bring the prisoner out from the dungeon,
those who sit in darkness from the house of imprisonment.
and I do not give my glory to another,
norc my praise to the idols.
and I declare new things.
I ⌊announce⌋d them to you before they sprout up.”
10 Sing a new song to Yahweh;
praise him from the end of the earth,
youe who go down to the sea and that
Literally “Go for you”
Literally “before his face”
Literally “the man of his counsel”
Or “made him understand”
Literally “To what”
Literally “not power”
Literally “before his face”
Literally “the men of your strife”
Literally “the men of your strife”
Literally “the sayer”
Literally “declaration of”
Literally “owner of”
Following the reading tradition (Qere); the written text (Kethib) has “fear”
Literally “from before faces”
Literally “cause to hear”