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Isaiah 40 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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The Glory of Yahweh Will Be Revealed

(cf. Luk 3:4–6 )
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“Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.

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“Speak to the heart of Jerusalem;

And call out to her, that her [fn]warfare has been fulfilled,

That her [fn]iniquity has been removed,

That she has received from the hand of Yahweh

Double for all her sins.”

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A voice [fn]is calling,

“Prepare the way for Yahweh in the wilderness;

Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.

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“Let every valley be lifted up,

And every mountain and hill be made low;

And let the rough ground become a plain,

And the rugged terrain a broad valley;

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[fn]Then the glory of Yahweh will be revealed,

And all flesh will see it together;

For the mouth of Yahweh has spoken.”

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A voice says, “Call out.”

Then [fn]he answered, “What shall I call out?”

All flesh is grass, and all its lovingkindness is like the flower of the field.

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The grass [fn]withers, the flower fades,

[fn]When the breath of Yahweh blows upon it;

Surely the people are grass.

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The grass [fn]withers, the flower fades,

But the word of our God stands forever.

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Get yourself up on a high mountain,

O Zion, bearer of good news,

Raise up your voice powerfully,

O Jerusalem, bearer of good news;

Raise it up, do not fear.

Say to the cities of Judah,

“Behold your God!”

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Behold, Lord Yahweh will come with strength,

With His arm ruling for Him.

Behold, His reward is with Him

And His recompense before Him.

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Like a shepherd He will shepherd His flock;

In His arm He will gather the lambs

And carry them in His bosom;

He will gently lead the nursing ewes.

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Who has measured the [fn]waters in the hollow of His hand,

And [fn]encompassed the heavens by the [fn]span,

And [fn]calculated the dust of the earth by the measure,

And weighed the mountains in a balance

And the hills in a pair of scales?

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Who has [fn]encompassed the Spirit of Yahweh,

Or as His counselor has informed Him?

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With whom did He take counsel and who gave Him understanding?

And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge

And made Him know the way of understanding?

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Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,

And are counted as a speck of dust on the scales;

Behold, He lifts up the coastlands like fine dust.

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Even Lebanon is not enough to burn,

Nor its beasts enough for a burnt offering.

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All the nations are as nothing before Him;

They are counted by Him as non-existent and utterly formless.

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To whom then will you liken God?

Or what likeness will you compare with Him?

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As for the graven images, a craftsman casts it,

A goldsmith plates it with gold,

And a silversmith fashions chains of silver.

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He who is too impoverished to make such a contribution

Chooses a tree that does not rot;

He seeks out for himself a wise craftsman

To [fn]prepare a graven image that will not be shaken.

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Do you not know? Have you not heard?

Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?

Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

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It is He who [fn]inhabits above the [fn]circle of the earth,

And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;

It is He who stretches out the heavens like a curtain

And spreads them out like a tent to inhabit.

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It is He who reduces rulers to nothing,

Who makes the [fn]judges of the earth utterly formless.

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[fn]Scarcely have they been planted;

[fn]Scarcely have they been sown;

[fn]Scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,

But He merely blows on them, and they [fn]wither,

And the storm carries them away like stubble.

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“To whom then will you liken Me

That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.

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Lift up your eyes on high

And see who has created these stars,

The One who leads forth their host by number,

He calls them all by name;

Because of the greatness of His vigor and the [fn]strength of His power,

Not one of them is missing.

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Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,

“My way is hidden from Yahweh,

And the justice due me passes by my God”?

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Do you not know? Have you not heard?

The Everlasting God, Yahweh, the Creator of the ends of the earth,

Does not become weary or tired.

His understanding is unsearchable.

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He gives power to the weary,

And to him who lacks vigor He increases might.

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Though youths grow weary and tired,

And choice young men stumble badly,

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Yet those who hope in Yahweh

Will gain new power;

They will [fn]mount up with [fn]wings like eagles;

They will run and not get tired;

They will walk and not become weary.

LSB Footnotes
Or hard service
Or penalty of iniquity has been accepted as paid off
Or of one calling out
Or In order that the
Or I said
Or dries up, cf. 42:15; Ps 90:5-6
Or Because
Or dries up, cf. 42:15; Ps 90:5-6
DSS waters of the sea
Or measured, marked off
A span was approx. 9 in. or 23 cm
Lit contained, comprehended
Or measured, marked off
Or set up
Or is enthroned
Or vault
Or leaders
Or Not even
Or Not even
Or Not even
Or dry up, cf. 42:15; Ps 90:5-6
As in DSS and ancient versions; M.T. strong
Or sprout wings
Or pinions

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