says your God.
and cry to her
that her warfaren is ended,
that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
surely the people is grass.
but the word of our God will stand for ever.
O Zion, herald of good tidings;o
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,*
lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Behold your God!”
and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
he will gather the lambs in his arms,
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.
and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
and weighed the mountains in scales
and the hills in a balance?
or as his counselor has instructed him?
and who taught him the path of justice,
and taught him knowledge,
and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
behold, he takes up the isles like fine dust.
nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering.
they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.
or what likeness compare with him?
and a goldsmith overlays it with gold,
and casts for it silver chains.
20 He who is impoverished* chooses for an offering
wood that will not rot;
he seeks out a skilful craftsman
to set up an image that will not move.
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from
the foundations of the earth?
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.
scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows upon them, and they wither,
and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
calling them all by name;
by the greatness of his might,
and because he is strong in power not one is missing.
O Jacob, and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hid from the Lord,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary,
his understanding is unsearchable.
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
and young men shall fall exhausted;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.
About The Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition
This edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible has been prepared for use by Catholics by a committee of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain. It is an authorized revision of the American Standard Version, published in 1901.
The Catholic Edition of the New Testament, copyright Copyright 1965; The Catholic Edition of the Old Testament, incorporating the Apocrypha, copyright Copyright 1966 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America.