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Passage Lookup: Isaiah 40

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Isaiah 40:1
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Comfort, comfort(a) my people, says your God.
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Isaiah 40:2
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Speak tenderly(b) to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service(c) has been completed,(d) that her sin has been paid for,(e) that she has received from the Lord 's hand double(f) for all her sins.
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Isaiah 40:3
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A voice of one calling: "In the wilderness prepare the way(g) for the Lord [a]; make straight(h) in the desert a highway for our God.[b](i)
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Isaiah 40:4
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Every valley shall be raised up,(j) every mountain and hill(k) made low; the rough ground shall become level,(l) the rugged places a plain.
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Isaiah 40:5
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And the glory(m) of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together.(n) For the mouth of the Lord has spoken."(o)
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Isaiah 40:6
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A voice says, "Cry out." And I said, "What shall I cry?" "All people are like grass,(p) and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
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Isaiah 40:7
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The grass withers(q) and the flowers fall, because the breath(r) of the Lord blows(s) on them. Surely the people are grass.
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Isaiah 40:8
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The grass withers and the flowers(t) fall, but the word(u) of our God endures(v) forever.(w)"
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Isaiah 40:9
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You who bring good news(x) to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem,[c](y) lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!"(z)
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Isaiah 40:10
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See, the Sovereign Lord comes(aa) with power,(ab) and he rules(ac) with a mighty arm.(ad) See, his reward(ae) is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.
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Isaiah 40:11
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He tends his flock like a shepherd:(af) He gathers the lambs in his arms(ag) and carries them close to his heart;(ah) he gently leads(ai) those that have young.(aj)
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Isaiah 40:12
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Who has measured the waters(ak) in the hollow of his hand,(al) or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?(am) Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?(an)
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Isaiah 40:13
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Who can fathom the Spirit[d](ao) of the Lord , or instruct the Lord as his counselor?(ap)
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Isaiah 40:14
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Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge,(aq) or showed him the path of understanding?(ar)
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Isaiah 40:15
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Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales;(as) he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.(at)
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Isaiah 40:16
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Lebanon(au) is not sufficient for altar fires, nor its animals(av) enough for burnt offerings.
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Isaiah 40:17
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Before him all the nations(aw) are as nothing;(ax) they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.(ay)
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Isaiah 40:18
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With whom, then, will you compare God?(az) To what image(ba) will you liken him?
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Isaiah 40:19
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As for an idol,(bb) a metalworker casts it, and a goldsmith(bc) overlays it with gold(bd) and fashions silver chains for it.
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Isaiah 40:20
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A person too poor to present such an offering selects wood(be) that will not rot; they look for a skilled worker to set up an idol(bf) that will not topple.(bg)
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Isaiah 40:21
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Do you not know? Have you not heard?(bh) Has it not been told(bi) you from the beginning?(bj) Have you not understood(bk) since the earth was founded?(bl)
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Isaiah 40:22
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He sits enthroned(bm) above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers.(bn) He stretches out the heavens(bo) like a canopy,(bp) and spreads them out like a tent(bq) to live in.(br)
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Isaiah 40:23
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He brings princes(bs) to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.(bt)
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Isaiah 40:24
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No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root(bu) in the ground, than he blows(bv) on them and they wither,(bw) and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.(bx)
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Isaiah 40:25
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"To whom will you compare me?(by) Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.(bz)
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Isaiah 40:26
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Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:(ca) Who created(cb) all these? He who brings out the starry host(cc) one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength,(cd) not one of them is missing.(ce)
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Isaiah 40:27
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Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, "My way is hidden from the Lord ; my cause is disregarded by my God"?(cf)
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Isaiah 40:28
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Do you not know? Have you not heard?(cg) The Lord is the everlasting(ch) God, the Creator(ci) of the ends of the earth.(cj) He will not grow tired or weary,(ck) and his understanding no one can fathom.(cl)
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Isaiah 40:29
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He gives strength(cm) to the weary(cn) and increases the power of the weak.
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Isaiah 40:30
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Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men(co) stumble and fall;(cp)
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Isaiah 40:31
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but those who hope(cq) in the Lord will renew their strength.(cr) They will soar on wings like eagles;(cs) they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.(ct)
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