NASB — Isaiah 40 — KJV

The Greatness of God

  1aComfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.
  2aSpeak Ikindly to Jerusalem;
  And call out to her, that her IIbwarfare has ended,
  That her IIIciniquity has been removed,
  That she has received of the LORDS hand
  dDouble for all her sins.”

[1] aIs 12:1; 49:13; 51:3, 12; 52:9; 61:2; 66:13; Jr 31:10-14; Zp 3:14-17; 2Co 1:4
[2] ILit to the heart of IIOr hard service IIIOr penalty of iniquity accepted as paid off aIs 35:4; Zc 1:13 bIs 41:11-13; 49:25; 54:15, 17 cIs 33:24; 53:5, 6, 11 dJr 16:18; Zc 9:12; Rv 18:6

  3aA voice Iis calling,
  “bClear the way for the LORD in the wilderness;
  Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
  4 “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;
  5 IThen the aglory of the LORD will be revealed,
  And ball flesh will see [it] together;
  For the cmouth of the LORD has spoken.”
  6 A voice says, “Call out.”
  Then Ihe answered, “What shall I call out?”
  aAll flesh is grass, and all its IIloveliness is like the flower of the field.
  7 The agrass withers, the flower fades,
  IWhen the bbreath of the LORD blows upon it;
  Surely the people are grass.
  8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
  But athe word of our God stands forever.

[3] IOr of one calling out aMt 3:3; Mk 1:3; Lk 3:4-6; Jn 1:23 bMal 3:1; 4:5, 6
[5] IOr In order that the aIs 6:3; Hab 2:14 bIs 52:10; Jol 2:28 cIs 1:20; 34:16; 58:14
[6] IAnother reading is I said IIOr constancy aJb 14:2; Ps 102:11; 103:15; 1P 1:24, 25
[7] IOr Because aPs 90:5, 6; Jm 1:10, 11 bJb 4:9; 41:21; Is 11:4; 40:24
[8] aIs 55:11; 59:21; Mt 5:18

  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!”
  10 Behold, the Lord IGOD will come awith might,
  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].

[9] aIs 52:7 bIs 61:1 cIs 44:26 dIs 25:9; 35:2
[10] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD aIs 9:6, 7 bIs 59:16, 18 cIs 62:11; Rv 22:12
[11] aJr 31:10; Ezk 34:12-14, 23, 31; Mi 5:4; Jn 10:11, 14-16

  12 ¶ Who has ameasured the Iwaters in the hollow of His hand,
  And marked off the heavens by the IIspan,
  And IIIcalculated the dust of the earth by the measure,
  And weighed the mountains in a balance
  And the hills in a pair of scales?
  13 aWho has Idirected the Spirit of the LORD,
  Or as His bcounselor has informed Him?
  14 aWith whom did He consult and [who] bgave Him understanding?
  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 Iislands like fine dust.
  16 Even Lebanon is not enough to burn,
  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 Imeaningless.

[12] IDSS reads waters of the sea IIOr half cubit; i.e. 9 in. IIILit contained or comprehended aJb 38:8-11; Ps 102:25, 26; Is 48:13; He 1:10-12
[13] IOr measured, marked off aRo 11:34; 1Co 2:16 bIs 41:28
[14] aJb 38:4 bJb 21:22; Col 2:3
[15] IOr coastlands aJr 10:10 bIs 17:13; 29:5
[16] aPs 50:9-11; Mi 6:6, 7; He 10:5-9
[17] IOr void aIs 29:7

  18aTo whom then will you liken God?
  Or what likeness will you compare with Him?
  19 [As for] the Iaidol, a craftsman casts it,
  A goldsmith bplates it with gold,
  And a silversmith [fashions] chains of silver.
  20 He who is too impoverished for [such] an offering
  Selects a atree that does not rot;
  He seeks out for himself a skillful craftsman
  To Iprepare IIan idol that bwill not totter.

[18] aEx 8:10; 15:11; 1S 2:2; Is 40:25; 46:5; Mi 7:18; Ac 17:29
[19] IOr graven image aPs 115:4-8; Is 41:7; 44:10; Hab 2:18, 19 bIs 2:20; 30:22
[20] IOr set up IIOr a graven image aIs 44:14 b1S 5:3, 4; Is 41:7; 46:7

  21aDo 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?
  22 It is He who Isits above the IIacircle of the earth,
  And its inhabitants are like bgrasshoppers,
  Who cstretches out the heavens like a dcurtain
  And spreads them out like a etent to dwell in.
  23 He [it is] who reduces arulers to nothing,
  Who bmakes the judges of the earth Imeaningless.
  24 IScarcely have they been planted,
  IScarcely have they been sown,
  IScarcely 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.
  25aTo 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;
  Because of the dgreatness of His might and the Istrength of [His] power,
  eNot one [of them] is missing.

[21] aPs 19:1; 50:6; Is 37:26; Ac 14:17; Ro 1:19 bIs 48:13; 51:13
[22] IOr is enthroned IIOr vault aJb 22:14; Pv 8:27 bNu 13:33 cJb 9:8; Is 37:16; 42:5; 44:24 dPs 104:2 eJb 36:29; Ps 18:11; 19:4
[23] IOr void aJb 12:21; Ps 107:40; Is 34:12 bIs 5:21; Jr 25:18-27
[24] IOr Not even aIs 17:13; 41:16
[25] aIs 40:18
[26] ISo DSS and ancient versions; M.T. strong aIs 51:6 bIs 42:5; 48:12, 13 cPs 147:4 dPs 89:11-13 eIs 34:16; 48:13

  27aWhy do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,
  “My way is bhidden from the LORD,
  And the cjustice due me Iescapes the notice of dmy God”?
  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 Iwait for the LORD
  Will again new strength;
  They will IIbmount up [with] IIIwings like eagles,
  They will run and not get tired,
  They will walk and not become weary.

[27] ILit passes by my God aIs 49:4, 14 bIs 54:8 cJb 27:2; 34:5; Lk 18:7, 8 dIs 25:1
[28] aIs 40:21 bGn 21:33; Ps 90:2 cPs 147:5; Ro 11:33
[29] aIs 50:4; Jr 31:25 bIs 41:10
[30] aJr 6:11; 9:21 bIs 9:17
[31] IOr hope in IIOr sprout wings IIIOr pinions aJb 17:9; Ps 103:5; 2Co 4:8-10, 16 bEx 19:4; Dt 32:11; Lk 18:1; 2Co 4:1, 16; Ga 6:9; He 12:3


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The promulgation of the Gospel.

1 ¶ Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. 2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins.

[1] Ne 8:10; Ps 85:8; Is 3:10; 35:3; 41:10, 27; 49:13; 50:10; 51:3, 12; 57:15; 60:1; 61:1; 62:11; 65:13; 66:10; Jr 31:10; Zp 3:14; Zc 1:13; 9:9; 2Co 1:4; 1Th 4:18; He 6:17.
[2] Gn 34:3; 2Ch 30:22; Jb 42:10; Ps 32:1; 102:13; So 2:11; Is 12:1; 33:24; 43:25; 44:22; 61:7; Jr 16:18; 17:18; 29:11; 31:33; 33:8; Dn 9:2, 12, 24; 11:35; 12:4, 9; Ho 2:14; Hab 2:3; Zc 1:15; 9:12; Ac 1:7; 1Co 6:9; Ga 4:4; Rv 6:10; 11:15; 18:6.

The preaching of John the Baptist.

3 ¶ The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: 5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see [it] together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it]. 6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh [is] grass, and all the goodliness thereof [is] as the flower of the field: 7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people [is] grass. 8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

[3] Ps 68:4; Is 11:15; 35:8; 43:19; 49:11; 57:14; 62:10; Mal 3:1; 4:5; Mt 3:1; Mk 1:2; Lk 1:16, 76; 3:2; Jn 1:23.
[4] 1S 2:8; Jb 40:11; Ps 113:7; Pv 2:15; Is 2:12; 42:11, 15, 16; 45:2; Ezk 17:24; 21:26; Lk 1:52; 3:5; 18:14.
[5] Ps 72:19; 96:6; 102:16; Is 1:20; 6:3; 11:9; 35:2; 49:6; 52:10; 58:14; 60:1; 66:16, 23; Jr 9:12; 32:27; Jol 2:28; Mi 4:4; Hab 2:14; Zc 2:13; Lk 2:10, 32; 3:6; Jn 1:14; 12:41; 17:2; Ac 2:17; 2Co 3:18; 4:6; He 1:3; Rv 21:23.
[6] Jb 14:2; Ps 90:5; 92:7; 102:11; 103:15; Is 12:6; 37:27; 40:3; 58:1; 61:1; Jr 2:2; 31:6; Ho 5:8; Jm 1:10; 1P 1:24.
[8] Ps 119:89; Is 46:10; 55:10; Zc 1:6; Mt 5:18; 24:35; Mk 13:31; Jn 10:35; 12:34; Ro 3:1; 1P 1:25.

The preaching of the Apostles.

9 ¶ O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift [it] up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! 10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong [hand], and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward [is] with him, and his work before him. 11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry [them] in his bosom, [and] shall gently lead those that are with young.

[9] Jg 9:7; 1S 26:13; 2Ch 13:4; Ezr 1:1; Is 12:2; 25:9; 35:3; 41:27; 51:7, 12; 52:7, 8; 58:4; Jr 22:20; Lk 24:47; Ac 2:14; 4:13, 29; 5:41; Ro 10:18; Ep 6:19; Php 1:28; 1Ti 3:16; 1P 3:14; 1Jn 5:20.
[10] Ps 2:8; 66:3; 110:1, 6; Is 9:6; 49:4, 24; 53:12; 59:15, 16; 60:1; 62:11; Zc 2:8; Mal 3:1; Mt 28:18; Jn 12:13, 15; Ep 1:20; Php 2:10; He 2:14; 1Jn 3:8; Rv 2:26; 17:14; 19:11; 20:11; 22:12.
[11] Gn 33:13; 49:24; Ps 23:1; 78:71; 80:1; Is 42:3; 49:9; 63:11; Ezk 34:12, 16, 23, 31; 37:24; Mi 5:4; Jn 10:11; 21:15; 1Co 3:1; He 13:20; 1P 2:25; 5:4; Rv 7:17.

The prophet, by the omnipotency of God,

12 ¶ Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? 13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or [being] his counsellor hath taught him? 14 With whom took he counsel, and [who] instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding? 15 Behold, the nations [are] as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. 16 And Lebanon [is] not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. 17 All nations before him [are] as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

[12] Jb 11:7; 28:25; 38:4; Ps 102:25; 104:2; Pv 8:26; 30:4; Is 48:13; He 1:10; Rv 20:11.
[13] Jb 21:22; 36:22; Lk 10:22; Jn 1:13; Ro 11:34; 1Co 2:16; Ep 1:11.
[14] 1Co 12:4; Col 2:3; Jm 1:17.
[15] Gn 10:5; Jb 34:14; Is 11:11; 40:22; 41:5; 59:18; 66:19; Jr 10:10; Dn 11:18; Zp 2:11.
[16] Ps 40:6; 50:10; Mi 6:6; He 10:5.
[17] Jb 25:6; Ps 62:9; Dn 4:34; 2Co 12:11.

and his incomparableness,

18 ¶ To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? 19 The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains. 20 He that [is] so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree [that] will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, [that] shall not be moved. 21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 [It is] he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof [are] as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: 23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. 24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble. 25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.

[18] Ex 8:10; 9:14; 15:11; 20:4; Dt 33:26; 1S 2:2; Jb 40:9; Ps 86:8; 89:6, 8; 113:5; Is 40:25; 46:5, 9; Jr 10:6, 16; Mi 7:18; Ac 17:29; Col 1:15; He 1:3.
[19] Ex 32:2; Jg 17:4; Ps 115:4; 135:15, 18; Is 37:18; 41:6; 44:10; 46:6; Jr 10:3, 9; Ho 8:6; Hab 2:18.
[20] 1S 5:3; Is 2:8; 41:7; 44:13; 46:7; Jr 10:3; Dn 5:23.
[21] Ps 19:1; 115:8; Is 27:11; 44:20; 46:8; Jr 10:8; Ac 14:17; Ro 1:19, 28; 3:1.
[22] Nu 13:33; Jb 9:8; 37:18; 38:4; Ps 2:4; 29:10; 68:33; 102:25; 104:2; Is 19:1; 40:15, 17; 42:5; 44:24; 51:13; 66:1; Jr 10:12; Zc 12:1; He 1:10.
[23] Jb 12:21; 34:19; Ps 76:12; 107:40; Is 19:13; 23:9; 24:21; Jr 25:18; Lk 1:51; Rv 19:18.
[24] 2S 22:16; 1K 21:21; 2K 10:11; Jb 4:9; 15:30; 18:16; 21:18; Ps 58:9; Pv 1:27; Is 11:4; 14:21; 17:11, 13; 30:33; 37:7; 40:7; 41:16; Jr 22:30; 23:19; Ho 13:3, 15; Na 1:14; Hg 1:9; Zc 7:14; 9:14.
[25] Dt 4:15, 33; 5:8; Is 40:18.

comforteth the people.

26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these [things], that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that [he is] strong in power; not one faileth. 27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?

[26] Gn 2:1; Dt 4:19; Jb 31:26; Ps 8:3; 19:1; 89:11; 102:25; 147:4; 148:3; Is 44:24; 45:7; 48:13; 51:6; Jr 10:11; 32:17; Col 1:16.
[27] 1S 12:22; Jb 3:23; 27:2; 34:5; Ps 31:22; 77:7; Is 49:4, 14; 54:6; 60:15; Jr 33:24; Ezk 37:11; Mal 2:17; Lk 18:7; Ro 11:1.

28 ¶ Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, [that] the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? [there is] no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to [them that have] no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.

[28] Gn 21:33; Dt 33:27; 1S 2:10; Ps 138:8; 139:6; 147:5; Is 45:22; 55:8; 57:15; 59:1; 66:9; Jr 4:22; 10:10; Mk 8:17; 9:19; 16:14; Lk 24:25; Jn 5:17; 14:9; Ac 13:47; Ro 11:33; 16:26; 1Co 2:16; 6:3, 9, 16, 19; Php 1:6; 1Ti 1:17; He 9:14.
[29] Gn 49:24; Dt 33:25; Ps 29:11; Is 41:10; Zc 10:12; 2Co 12:9; Php 4:13; Col 1:11; He 11:34.
[30] Ps 33:16; 34:10; 39:5; Ec 9:11; Is 9:17; 13:18; Am 2:14.
[31] Ex 19:4; Jg 16:28; Jb 17:9; 33:24; Ps 25:3, 5, 21; 27:13, 14; 37:34; 40:1; 84:7; 92:1, 13; 103:5; 123:2; 138:3; So 8:5; Is 8:17; 25:9; 30:18; Lm 3:25; Zc 10:12; Lk 18:1; Ro 8:25; 2Co 1:8; 4:1, 8, 16; 12:9; Ga 6:9; 1Th 1:10; He 12:1; Rv 2:3; 4:7.


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