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40 “Comfort, comfort My people,” m
says your God.
2 “Speak tenderly to n Jerusalem,
and announce to her
that her time of forced labor is over,
and she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.” q
Prepare the way of the Lord in the wilderness; r
make a straight highway for our God in the desert. s
and every mountain and hill will be leveled;
the uneven ground will become smooth
and the rough places, a plain. t
5 And the glory of the Lord will appear, u
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. x
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
indeed, the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flowers fade, d
but the word of our God remains forever.” e
9 * 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
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.
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
Who gave Him understanding o
and taught Him the paths of justice?
Who taught Him knowledge
and showed Him the way of understanding?
they are considered as a speck of dust in the scales;
He lifts up the islands like fine dust.
they are considered by Him
as nothingness and emptiness. q
What likeness will you compare Him to? r
and a metalworker plates with gold
and makes silver welds for it? s
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
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.
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.
and Israel, why do you assert:
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
and my claim is ignored by my God”? g
Have you not heard?
the Creator of the whole earth.
He never grows faint or weary;
there is no limit to His understanding. i
and strengthens the powerless.
and young men stumble and fall,
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.