1 Comfort, O comfort My people, says your God.
2 Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her
iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the hand of Jehovah double for all her
3 The voice of one crying out in the wilderness, Prepare the way of Jehovah, 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 places shall be made level, and the rough places a plain;
5 and the glory of Jehovah shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the
mouth of Jehovah has spoken.
6 The voice said, Cry out! And he said, What shall I proclaim? All flesh is grass, and all
the goodness of it is as the flower of the field.
7 The grass withers, the flower fades, because the Spirit of Jehovah blows upon it; surely
the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades; but the Word of our God stands forever.
9 You, who brings good tidings to Zion, go up onto the high mountain. Lift up your
voice with strength, you who brings good tidings to Jerusalem, lift it up, be not afraid.
Say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
10 Behold, the Lord Jehovah will come with a 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 who are with young.
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and measured out the
heavens with a span? And who has calculated the dust of the earth in a measure, and
weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
13 Who has directed the Spirit of Jehovah, and what man, as a counselor, has taught Him?
14 With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him and taught Him in the path
of justice; and taught Him knowledge, and made known the way of understanding to
15 Behold, the nations are like a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the fine dust on the
scales; behold, He lifts up the islands as a very little thing.
16 And Lebanon is not enough to burn, nor the beasts of it enough for a burnt offering.
17 All the nations before Him are as nothing; and to Him they are accounted as less than
nothing, and vanity.
18 To whom then will you compare the Mighty God? Or what likeness will you compare to Him?
19 The workman casts a graven image, and the goldsmith spreads it over with gold, and
smelts silver chains.
20 Whoever is too poor for such an offering chooses a tree that will not rot; he looks for
a skillful workman to prepare a graven image that will not totter.
21 Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the
beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is He who sits upon the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in;
23 Who brings the rulers to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth as nothing.
24 Indeed, they shall not be planted; indeed, they shall not be sown. Indeed, their stump
shall not take root in the earth. And He shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither,
and the tempest shall take them away like stubble.
25 To whom then will you compare Me, or with whom am I equal? says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high, and consider who has created these things, who brings out
their host by number. He calls them all by name by the greatness of His might, for He is
strong in power; not one is missing.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, My way is hidden from Jehovah and
my judgment is passed over by God?
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the eternal God, Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not grow faint nor weary? His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint; and to him with no strength, He increases might.
30 Even the young shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall be feeble and
31 but those who wait upon 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.