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Isaiah 40

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1 Comfort, comfort My people, says your God;
2 Speak to the heart of Jerusalem and tell him that the time of his struggle is over, that satisfaction was made for his iniquities, for he took twice from the hand of the Lord for all his sins.

3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way for the Lord, make straight the paths of our God in the steppe;
4 every valley must be filled, and every mountain and hill may decrease, the curvatures will be straightened and uneven paths will become smooth;
5 and the glory of the Lord will appear, and all flesh shall see [the salvation of God]; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.
6 The voice says: proclaim! And he said: What shall I proclaim? All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the color of a field.
7 The grass dries, the color withers when the breath of the Lord blows on it: so the people are grass.
eight The grass dries, the color fades, and the word of our God abides forever.

nine Climb the high mountain, the gospel of Zion! Your voice, gospel of Jerusalem, be exalted with power! do not be afraid; say to the cities of Judah: behold, your God!
ten Behold, the Lord God is coming with power, and His muscle with power. Behold, His reward is with Him, and His reward before Him.
eleven As a shepherd He will shepherd His flock; He will take the lamb in his arms and carry on His chest, and lead the milked.

12 Who has run out of water with his handful and span, measured the heavens, and put the dust of the earth in measure, and weighed mountains on the scales and on the cups of the weighted hills?
13 Who enlightened the spirit of the Lord, and was an adviser to him and taught him?
fourteen With whom does he consult, and who admonishes him and guides him on the path of truth, and teaches him knowledge, and shows him the path of wisdom?
fifteen Here nations - like a drop from a bucket, and are considered as a speck of dust on the scales. Behold, He raises the islands like powder.
16 And Lebanon is not enough for sacrificial fire, and animals on it - for a burnt offering.
17 All nations before Him are nothing, less than nothingness and emptiness are counted by Him.

18 So to whom do you liken God? And what likeness will you find for Him?
19 The artist pours the idol, and the goldsmith covers it with gold and attaches silver chains.
20 And whoever is poor for such an offering, chooses a rotting tree, seeks out a skilled artist to make an idol that would stand firm.
21 Don't you know? Have not you heard? were you not told from the beginning? have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 He is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and those who live on it are like locusts [before Him]; He spread out the heavens like a thin cloth, and spread them out like a tent for habitation.
23 He turns the princes to nothing, makes something an empty judge of the earth.
24 As soon as they were planted, barely sown, their trunk was hardly rooted in the ground, and as soon as He died on them, they dried up, and the whirlwind carried them away like straw.
25 To whom do you liken Me and with whom do you compare? says the saint.
26 Raise your eyes to the height of [heaven] and see who created them? Who withdraws the army by their score? He calls all of them by name: because of the multitude of power and great power, nothing is eliminated from Him.

27 How do you say, Jacob, and say, Israel: “My path is hidden from the Lord, and my work is forgotten by my God”?
28 Do not you know? have you not heard that the eternal Lord God, who created the ends of the earth, is not weary and exhausted? His mind is unsearchable.
29th It gives the weary strength, and the exhausted gives the fortress.
thirty Young men become weary and weaken, and young people fall,
31 but those who trust in the Lord will be renewed in power: they will raise their wings like eagles, will flow - and they will not get tired, they will go - and they will not tire.

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