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God’s People Comforted

40 “Comfort, comfort My people,” m

says your God.

“Speak tenderly to n Jerusalem,

and announce to her

that her time of forced labor is over,

her iniquity o has been pardoned, p

and she has received from the Lord’s hand

double for all her sins.” q

A voice of one crying out:

Prepare the way of the Lord in the wilderness; r

make a straight highway for our God in the desert. s

Every valley will be lifted up,

and every mountain and hill will be leveled;

the uneven ground will become smooth

and the rough places, a plain. t

And the glory of the Lord will appear, u

and all humanity v together will see it, w

for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. x

A voice was saying, “Cry out!”

Another y said, “What should I cry out?”

“All humanity is grass, z

and all its goodness is like the flower of the field. a

The grass withers, the flowers fade

when the breath b of the Lord blows on them; c

indeed, the people are grass.

The grass withers, the flowers fade, d

but the word of our God remains forever.” e

* Zion, herald of good news,

go up on a high mountain. f

Jerusalem, herald of good news, g

raise your voice loudly.

Raise it, do not be afraid!

Say to the cities of Judah,

“Here is your God!” h

10 See, the Lord God comes with strength,

and His power establishes His rule. i

His reward is with Him, j

and His gifts accompany Him.

11 He protects His flock like a shepherd; k

He gathers the lambs in His arms

and carries them in the fold of His garment.

He gently leads those that are nursing.

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand

or marked off the heavens with the span of his hand? l

Who has gathered the dust of the earth in a measure

or weighed the mountains in a balance

and the hills in the scales?

13 Who has directed m the Spirit of the Lord,

or who gave Him His counsel? n

14 Who did He consult with?

Who gave Him understanding o

and taught Him the paths of justice?

Who taught Him knowledge

and showed Him the way of understanding?

15 Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket;

they are considered as a speck of dust in the scales;

He lifts up the islands like fine dust.

16 Lebanon is not enough for fuel,

or its animals enough for a * burnt offering. p

17 All the nations are as nothing before Him;

they are considered by Him

as nothingness and emptiness. q

18 Who will you compare God with?

What likeness will you compare Him to? r

19 To an idol?—something that a smelter casts,

and a metalworker plates with gold

and makes silver welds for it? s

20 To one who shapes a pedestal,

choosing wood that does not rot? t

He looks for a skilled craftsman

to set up an idol that will not fall over. u

21 Do you not know? v

Have you not heard?

Has it not been declared to you

from the beginning?

Have you not considered

the foundations of the earth? w

22 God is enthroned above the circle of the earth;

its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. x

He stretches out the heavens like thin cloth y

and spreads them out like a tent to live in. z

23 He reduces princes to nothing a

and makes judges of the earth irrational.

24 They are barely planted, barely sown,

their stem hardly takes root in the ground

when He blows on them and they wither,

and a whirlwind carries them away like stubble. b

25 “Who will you compare Me to, c

or who is My equal?” asks the Holy One.

26 Look up d and see:

who created e these?

He brings out the starry host by number;

He calls all of them by name. f

Because of His great power and strength,

not one of them is missing.

27 Jacob, why do you say,

and Israel, why do you assert:

“My way is hidden from the Lord,

and my claim is ignored by my God”? g

28 Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

* Yahweh is the everlasting God, h

the Creator of the whole earth.

He never grows faint or weary;

there is no limit to His understanding. i

29 He gives strength to the weary

and strengthens the powerless.

30 Youths may faint and grow weary,

and young men stumble and fall,

31 but those who trust in the Lord

will renew their strength; j

they will soar on wings like eagles; k

they will run and not grow weary;

they will walk and not faint.


About The Holman Christian Standard Bible

The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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