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Yeshayah/Isaiah 40:1 - 26

Chapter 40

1 Comfort, comfort My people — says your God,  2 Speak to the heart of Jerusalem and proclaim to her that her time [of exile] has been fulfilled, that her iniquity has been conciliated, for she has received from the hand of Hashem double for all her sins.

3 A voice calls in the wilderness, "Clear the way of Hashem; make a straight road in the plain, a highway for our God.  4 Every valley shall be raised, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, the crooked shall become straight and the rugged a level low land.  5 Revealed shall be the glory of Hashem, and all flesh as one shall see that the mouth of Hashem has spoken."

6 The Voice says, "Proclaim!" and he says, "What shall I proclaim?" — "All flesh is grass, and all its kindness like the flower of the field.  7 The grass shall wither, the flower shall fade, for the breath of Hashem has blown upon it; in truth, the people is grass.  8 The grass shall wither, the flower shall fade, but the word of our God shall stand forever."

9 Get yourself upon a high mountain, O herald unto Zion; raise your voice in power, O herald unto Jerusalem, raise [it], fear not, say to the cities of Judah, "Behold, your God!"  10 Behold! My Lord, Hashem/Elohim, shall come with strength, and His arm will rule for Him; behold! His recompense is with Him, and His wage is before Him,  11 like a shepherd would graze his flock, would gather lambs in his arm and carry [them] in his bosom, would lead the nurslings.

12 Who has measured the waters in His fist, and meted out the Heavens with the span, and counted in large volume the dust of the earth, and weighed mountains in a scale and hills in a balance?  13 Who has meted out the spirit of Hashem? Who is His man of counsel that he might let Him know?  14 With whom did He seek counsel and give him insight, and teach him in the path of justice, and teach him knowledge, and the way of understanding let him know?  15 Behold! the nations are like a bitter drop from a bucket, and as the dust on the balance are they considered; behold! the islands are like castaway dust.  16 And the Lebanon is not sufficient kindling; and its beasts are not sufficient for burnt-offerings.

17 All the nations are as nothing before Him, as nothingness and emptiness are they considered by Him.  18 To whom can you liken God? And what likeness can you arrange for Him?  19 The graven image, the artisan's casting, that the [gold]smith overlaid with gold and the [silver]smith with silver chains?  20 The pauper sets aside, he chooses wood that will not rot; he seeks for himself a wise artisan, to prepare an idol that cannot move.  21 Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told to you from the first? Have you not understood [Who fashioned] the foundations of the earth?  22 It is He Who sits on the circumference of the earth, and [Who views] its inhabitants as locusts; He Who spreads the heavens like a thin curtain, and stretches them like a tent to dwell [in].  23 He Who gives over officers for nought; judges of land He made like emptiness.  24 even as if they were not planted, even as if they were not sown, even as if their stock was not rooted in the ground; and also should He blow on them, they would dry up, and a stormwind would carry them away like stubble.

25 And to whom can you liken Me? And [to whom] shall I be equal? — says the Holy One.  26 Raise your eyes on high and see Who created these - He brings forth their legions by number; He calls them all by name; because of His abundant might and powerful strength, there is not missing even one.


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