- Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
- Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem;
and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she hath received of Jehovah’s hand double for all her sins.
- The voice of one that crieth, Prepare ye in the wilderness the way of Jehovah;
make level in the desert a highway for our God.
- Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low;
and the uneven shall be made level, and the rough places a plain:
- and the glory of Jehovah shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together;
for the mouth of Jehovah hath spoken it.
- The voice of one saying, Cry.
And one said, What shall I cry?
All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field.
- The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, because the breath of Jehovah bloweth upon it;
surely the people is grass.
- The grass withereth, the flower fadeth;
but the word of our God shall stand forever.
- O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up on a high mountain;
O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength;
lift it up, be not afraid;
say unto the cities of Judah, Behold, your God!
- Behold, the Lord Jehovah will come as a mighty one, and his arm will rule for him: Behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.
- He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arm, and carry them in his bosom, [and] will gently lead those that have their young.
- 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?
- Who hath directed the Spirit of Jehovah, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
- With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed to him the way of understanding?
- Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are accounted as the small dust of the balance: Behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
- And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt-offering.
- All the nations are as nothing before him;
they are accounted by him as less than nothing, and vanity.
- To whom then will ye liken God?
or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
- The image, a workman hath cast [it], and the goldsmith overlayeth it with gold, and casteth [for it] silver chains.
- He that is too impoverished for [such] an oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot;
he seeketh unto him a skilful workman to set up a graven image, that shall not be moved.
- Have ye not known?
have yet not heard?
hath it not been told you from the beginning?
have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
- [It is] he that sitteth above 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;
- that bringeth princes to nothing;
that maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
- Yea, they have not been planted;
yea, they have not been sown;
yea, their stock hath not taken root in the earth: moreover he bloweth upon them, and they wither, and the whirlwind taketh them away as stubble.
- To whom then will ye liken me, that I should be equal [to him]?
saith the Holy One.
- Lift up your eyes on high, and see who hath created these, that bringeth out their host by number;
he calleth them all by name;
by the greatness of his might, and for that he is strong in power, not one is lacking.
- Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from Jehovah, and the justice [due] to me is passed away from my God?
- Hast thou not known?
hast thou not heard?
The everlasting God, Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary;
there is no searching of his understanding.
- He giveth power to the faint;
and to him that hath no might he increaseth strength.
- Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
- but they that wait for Jehovah shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
they shall walk, and not faint.