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The Lord is Incomparable

40:12 Who has measured out the waters23 in the hollow of his hand,

or carefully24 measured the sky,25

or carefully weighed26 the soil of the earth,

or weighed the mountains in a balance,

or the hills on scales?27

40:13 Who comprehends28 the mind29 of the Lord,

or gives him instruction as his counselor?30

40:14 From whom does he receive directions?31

Who32 teaches him the correct way to do things,33

or imparts knowledge to him,

or instructs him in skillful design?34

40:15 Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket;

they are regarded as dust on the scales.

He lifts35 the coastlands36 as if they were dust.

40:16 Not even Lebanon could supply enough firewood for a sacrifice;37

its wild animals would not provide enough burnt offerings.38

40:17 All the nations are insignificant before him;

they are regarded as absolutely nothing.39

40:18 To whom can you compare God?

To what image can you liken him?

40:19 A craftsman casts40 an idol;

a metalsmith overlays it with gold

and forges silver chains for it.

40:20 To make a contribution one selects wood that will not rot;41

he then seeks a skilled craftsman

to make42 an idol that will not fall over.

40:21 Do you not know?

Do you not hear?

Has it not been told to you since the very beginning?

Have you not understood from the time the earth’s foundations were made?

40:22 He is the one who sits on the earth’s horizon;43

its inhabitants are like grasshoppers before him.44

He is the one who stretches out the sky like a thin curtain,45

and spreads it out46 like a pitched tent.47

40:23 He is the one who reduces rulers to nothing;

he makes the earth’s leaders insignificant.

40:24 Indeed, they are barely planted;

yes, they are barely sown;

yes, they barely take root in the earth,

and then he blows on them, causing them to dry up,

and the wind carries them away like straw.

40:25 “To whom can you compare me? Whom do I resemble?”

says the Holy One.48

40:26 Look up at the sky!49

Who created all these heavenly lights?50

He is the one who leads out their ranks;51

he calls them all by name.

Because of his absolute power and awesome strength,

not one of them is missing.

40:27 Why do you say, Jacob,

Why do you say, Israel,

“The Lord is not aware of what is happening to me,52

My God is not concerned with my vindication”?53

40:28 Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

The Lord is an eternal God,

the creator of the whole earth.54

He does not get tired or weary;

there is no limit to his wisdom.55

40:29 He gives strength to those who are tired;

to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy.

40:30 Even youths get tired and weary;

even strong young men clumsily stumble.56

40:31 But those who wait for the Lord’s help57 find renewed strength;

they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings,58

they run without growing weary,

they walk without getting tired.


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