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1 “aComfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.
That she has received of the Lord’s hand
dDouble for all her sins.”
“bClear the way for the Lord in the wilderness;
Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
And every mountain and hill be made low;
And let the rough ground become a plain,
And the rugged terrain a broad valley;
And ball flesh will see it together;
For the cmouth of the Lord has spoken.”
Then 1he answered, “What shall I call out?”
7 The agrass withers, the flower fades,
Surely the people are grass.
But athe word of our God stands forever.
9 Get yourself up on a ahigh mountain,
O Zion, bearer of bgood news,
Lift up your voice mightily,
O Jerusalem, bearer of good news;
Lift it up, do not fear.
Say to the ccities of Judah,
“dHere is your God!”
With His barm ruling for Him.
Behold, His creward is with Him
And His recompense before Him.
11 Like a shepherd He will atend His flock,
In His arm He will gather the lambs
And carry them in His bosom;
He will gently lead the nursing ewes.
And marked off the heavens by the 2span,
And 3calculated the dust of the earth by the measure,
And weighed the mountains in a balance
And the hills in a pair of scales?
Or as His bcounselor has informed Him?
And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge
And informed Him of the way of understanding?
15 Behold, the anations are like a drop from a bucket,
And are regarded as a speck of bdust on the scales;
Behold, He lifts up the 1islands like fine dust.
Nor its abeasts enough for a burnt offering.
17 aAll the nations are as nothing before Him,
They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and 1meaningless.
18 aTo whom then will you liken God?
Or what likeness will you compare with Him?
A goldsmith bplates it with gold,
And a silversmith fashions chains of silver.
Selects a atree that does not rot;
He seeks out for himself a skillful craftsman
21 aDo you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?
Have you not understood bfrom the foundations of the earth?
And its inhabitants are like bgrasshoppers,
And spreads them out like a etent to dwell in.
23 He it is who reduces arulers to nothing,
24 1Scarcely have they been planted,
1Scarcely have they been sown,
1Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth,
But He merely blows on them, and they wither,
And the astorm carries them away like stubble.
25 “aTo whom then will you liken Me
That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.
26 aLift up your eyes on high
And see bwho has created these stars,
The cOne who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name;
eNot one of them is missing.
27 aWhy do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,
“My way is bhidden from the Lord,
28 aDo you not know? Have you not heard?
The bEverlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is cinscrutable.
29 He gives strength to the aweary,
And to him who lacks might He bincreases power.
30 Though ayouths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous byoung men stumble badly,
31 Yet those who 1wait for the Lord
Will again new strength;
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
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