comfort, give comfort, to my people, says your God.
40:2 Say kind words to the heart of Jerusalem, crying out to her that her time of trouble is ended, that her punishment is complete ; that she has been rewarded by the Lord's hand twice over for all her sins.
40:3 A voice of one crying, Make ready in the waste land the way of the Lord, make level in the lowland a highway for our God.
40:4 Let every valley be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low, and let the rough places become level, and the hilltops become a valley,
40:5 And the glory of the Lord will be made clear, and all flesh will see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has said it.
40:6 A voice of one saying, Give a cry ! And I said, What is my cry to be? All flesh is grass, and all its strength like the flower of the field.
40:7 The grass becomes dry, the flower is dead ; because the breath of the Lord goes over it : truly the people is grass.
40:8 The grass is dry, the flower is dead ; but the word of our God is eternal.
40:9 You who give good news to Zion, get up into the high mountain ; you who give good news to Jerusalem, let your voice be strong ; let it be sounding without fear; say to the towns of Judah, See, your God!
40:10 See, the Lord God will come as a strong one, ruling in power : see, those made free by him are with him, and those whom he has made safe go before him.
40:11 He will give food to his flock like a keeper of sheep ; with his arm he will get it together, and will take up the lambs on his breast, gently guiding those which are with young.
40:12 In the hollow of whose hand have the waters been measured ? and who is able to take the heavens in his stretched-out fingers ? who has got together the dust of the earth in a measure ? who has taken the weight of the mountains, or put the hills into the scales ?
40:13 By whom has the spirit of the Lord been guided, or who has been his teacher ?
40:14 Who gave him suggestions, and made clear to him the right way ? who gave him knowledge, guiding him in the way of wisdom ?
40:15 See, the nations are to him like a drop hanging from a bucket, and like the small dust in the scales : he takes up the islands like small dust.
40:16 And Lebanon is not enough to make a fire with, or all its cattle enough for a burned offering.
40:17 All the nations are as nothing before him ; even less than nothing, a thing of no value.
40:18 Whom then is God like, in your opinion ? or what will you put forward as a comparison with him?
40:19 The workman makes an image, and the gold-worker puts gold plates over it, and makes silver bands for it.
40:20 The wise workman makes selection of the mulberry-tree of the offering, a wood which will not become soft ; so that the image may be fixed to it and not be moved.
40:21 Have you no knowledge of it ? has it not come to your ears ? has not news of it been given to you from the first? has it not been clear to you from the time when the earth was placed on its base ?
40:22 It is he who is seated over the arch of the earth, and the people in it are as small as locusts ; by him the heavens are stretched out like an arch, and made ready like a tent for a living-place.
40:23 He makes rulers come to nothing ; the judges of the earth are of no value.
40:24 They have only now been planted, and their seed put into the earth, and they have only now taken root, when he sends out his breath over them and they become dry, and the storm-wind takes them away like dry grass.
40:25 Who then seems to you to be my equal ? says the Holy One.
40:26 Let your eyes be lifted up on high, and see : who has made these? He who sends out their numbered army: who has knowledge of all their names : by whose great strength, because he is strong in power, all of them are in their places.
40:27 Why do you say, O Jacob, such words as these, O Israel, The Lord's eyes are not on my way, and my God gives no attention to my cause ?
40:28 Have you no knowledge of it ? has it not come to your ears ? The eternal God, the Lord, the Maker of the ends of the earth, is never feeble or tired ; there is no searching out of his wisdom.
40:29 He gives power to the feeble, increasing the strength of him who has no force.
40:30 Even the young men will become feeble and tired, and the best of them will come to the end of his strength ;
40:31 But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength ; they will get wings like eagles : running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness.
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quietly before me, O sea-lands, and let the peoples get together their strength : let them come near ; then let them say what they have to say : let us put forward our cause against one another.
41:2 Who sent out from the east one who is right wherever he goes ? he gives the nations into his hands, and makes him ruler over kings ; he gives them as the dust to his sword, as dry stems before the wind to his bow.
41:3 He goes after them safely, not touching the road with his feet.
41:4 Whose purpose and work was it ? His who sent out the generations from the start. I the Lord, the first, and with the last, I am he.
41:5 The sea-lands saw it, and were in fear ; the ends of the earth were shaking : they came near.
41:6 They gave help everyone to his neighbour ; and everyone said to his brother, Take heart !
41:7 So the metal-worker put heart into the gold-worker, and he who was hammering the metal smooth said kind words to the iron-worker, saying of the plate, It is ready : and he put it together with nails, so that there might be no slipping.
41:8 But as for you, Israel, my servant, and you, Jacob, whom I have taken for myself, the seed of Abraham my friend :
41:9 You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and sent for from its farthest parts, saying to you, You are my servant, whom I have taken for myself, and whom I have not given up :
41:10 Have no fear, for I am with you ; do not be looking about in trouble, for I am your God ; I will give you strength, yes, I will be your helper ; yes, my true right hand will be your support.
41:11 Truly, all those who are angry with you will be made low and put to shame : those desiring to do you wrong will come to nothing and never again be seen.
41:12 You will make search for your haters but they will not be there ; those who make war against you will be as nothing and will come to destruction.
41:13 For I, the Lord your God, have taken your right hand in mine, saying to you, Have no fear ; I will be your helper.
41:14 Have no fear, you worm Jacob, and you men of Israel ; I will be your helper, says the Lord, even he who takes up your cause, the Holy One of Israel.
41:15 See, I will make you like a new grain-crushing instrument with teeth, crushing the mountains small, and making the hills like dry stems.
41:16 You will send the wind over them, and it will take them away ; they will go in all directions before the storm-wind : you will have joy in the Lord, and be glad in the Holy One of Israel.
41:17 The poor and crushed are looking for water where no water is, and their tongue is dry for need of it : I the Lord will give ear to their prayer, I the God of Israel will not give them up.
41:18 I will make rivers on the dry mountain-tops, and fountains in the valleys : I will make the waste land a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
41:19 I will put in the waste land the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive-tree ; and in the lowland will be planted the fir-tree, the plane, and the cypress together :
41:20 So that they may see and be wise and give their mind to it, and that it may be clear to them all that the hand of the Lord has done this, and that the Holy One of Israel has made it.
41:21 Put forward your cause, says the Lord ; let your strong argument come out, says the King of Jacob.
41:22 Let the future be made clear to us : give us news of the past things, so that we may give thought to them; or of the things to come, so that we may see if they are true.
41:23 Give us word of what will be after this, so that we may be certain that you are gods: yes, do good or do evil, so that we may all see it and be surprised.
41:24 But you are nothing, and your work is of no value : foolish is he who takes you for his gods.
41:25 I have sent for one from the north, and from the dawn he has come ; in my name he will get rulers together and go against them ; they will be like dust, even as the wet earth is stamped on by the feet of the potter.
41:26 Who has given knowledge of it from the first, so that we may be certain of it ? and from the start, so that we may say, His word is true ? There is no one who gives news, or says anything, or who gives ear to your words.
41:27 I was the first to give word of it to Zion, and I gave the good news to Jerusalem.
41:28 And I saw that there was no man, even no wise man among them, who might give an answer to my questions.
41:29 Truly they are all nothing, their works are nothing and of no value : their metal images are of no more use than wind.
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