12 Who has measured the waters(A) in the hollow of his hand,(B)
    or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?(C)
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
    or weighed the mountains on the scales
    and the hills in a balance?(D)
13 Who can fathom the Spirit[a](E) of the Lord,
    or instruct the Lord as his counselor?(F)
14 Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him,
    and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge,(G)
    or showed him the path of understanding?(H)

15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
    they are regarded as dust on the scales;(I)
    he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.(J)
16 Lebanon(K) is not sufficient for altar fires,
    nor its animals(L) enough for burnt offerings.
17 Before him all the nations(M) are as nothing;(N)
    they are regarded by him as worthless
    and less than nothing.(O)

18 With whom, then, will you compare God?(P)
    To what image(Q) will you liken him?
19 As for an idol,(R) a metalworker casts it,
    and a goldsmith(S) overlays it with gold(T)
    and fashions silver chains for it.
20 A person too poor to present such an offering
    selects wood(U) that will not rot;
they look for a skilled worker
    to set up an idol(V) that will not topple.(W)

21 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?(X)
Has it not been told(Y) you from the beginning?(Z)
    Have you not understood(AA) since the earth was founded?(AB)
22 He sits enthroned(AC) above the circle of the earth,
    and its people are like grasshoppers.(AD)
He stretches out the heavens(AE) like a canopy,(AF)
    and spreads them out like a tent(AG) to live in.(AH)
23 He brings princes(AI) to naught
    and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.(AJ)
24 No sooner are they planted,
    no sooner are they sown,
    no sooner do they take root(AK) in the ground,
than he blows(AL) on them and they wither,(AM)
    and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.(AN)

25 “To whom will you compare me?(AO)
    Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.(AP)
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:(AQ)
    Who created(AR) all these?
He who brings out the starry host(AS) one by one
    and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,(AT)
    not one of them is missing.(AU)

27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
    Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
    my cause is disregarded by my God”?(AV)
28 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?(AW)
The Lord is the everlasting(AX) God,
    the Creator(AY) of the ends of the earth.(AZ)
He will not grow tired or weary,(BA)
    and his understanding no one can fathom.(BB)
29 He gives strength(BC) to the weary(BD)
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men(BE) stumble and fall;(BF)
31 but those who hope(BG) in the Lord
    will renew their strength.(BH)
They will soar on wings like eagles;(BI)
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.(BJ)

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  1. Isaiah 40:13 Or mind

12 (A)Who has measured the [a]waters in the hollow of His hand,
Measured heaven with a [b]span
And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure?
Weighed the mountains in scales
And the hills in a balance?
13 (B)Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord,
Or as His counselor has taught Him?
14 With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him,
And (C)taught Him in the path of justice?
Who taught Him knowledge,
And showed Him the way of understanding?

15 Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket,
And are counted as the small dust on the scales;
Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing.
16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn,
Nor its beasts sufficient for a burnt offering.
17 All nations before Him are as (D)nothing,
And (E)they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless.

18 To whom then will you (F)liken God?
Or what likeness will you compare to Him?
19 (G)The workman molds an image,
The goldsmith overspreads it with gold,
And the silversmith casts silver chains.
20 Whoever is too impoverished for such [c]a contribution
Chooses a tree that will not rot;
He seeks for himself a skillful workman
(H)To prepare a carved image that will not totter.

21 (I)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 above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who (J)stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
And spreads them out like a (K)tent to dwell in.
23 He [d]brings the (L)princes to nothing;
He makes the judges of the earth useless.

24 Scarcely shall they be planted,
Scarcely shall they be sown,
Scarcely shall their stock take root in the earth,
When He will also blow on them,
And they will wither,
And the whirlwind will take them away like stubble.

25 “To(M) whom then will you liken Me,
Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high,
And see who has created these things,
Who brings out their host by number;
(N)He calls them all by name,
By the greatness of His might
And the strength of His power;
Not one is missing.

27 (O)Why do you say, O Jacob,
And speak, O Israel:
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
And my just claim is passed over by my God”?
28 Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
(P)His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who (Q)wait on the Lord
(R)Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

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  1. Isaiah 40:12 So with MT, LXX, Vg.; DSS adds of the sea; Tg. adds of the world
  2. Isaiah 40:12 A span .5 cubit, 9 inches; or the width of His hand
  3. Isaiah 40:20 an offering
  4. Isaiah 40:23 reduces

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
    and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed 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 the Lord,
    or as his counselor has instructed him?
14 Whom did he consult for his enlightenment,
    and who taught him the path of justice?
Who taught him knowledge,
    and showed him the way of understanding?
15 Even the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
    and are accounted as dust on the scales;
    see, he takes up the isles like fine dust.
16 Lebanon would not provide fuel enough,
    nor are its animals enough for a burnt offering.
17 All the nations are as nothing before him;
    they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.

18 To whom then will you liken God,
    or what likeness compare with him?
19 An idol? —A workman casts it,
    and a goldsmith overlays it with gold,
    and casts for it silver chains.
20 As a gift one chooses mulberry wood[a]
    —wood that will not rot—
then seeks out a skilled artisan
    to set up an image that will not topple.

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 above the circle of the earth,
    and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
    and spreads them like a tent to live in;
23 who brings princes to naught,
    and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.

24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
    scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows upon them, and they wither,
    and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

25 To whom then will you compare me,
    or who is my equal? says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high and see:
    Who created these?
He who brings out their host and numbers them,
    calling them all by name;
because he is great in strength,
    mighty in power,
    not one is missing.

27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
    and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
    and my right is disregarded by my God”?
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
    and strengthens the powerless.
30 Even youths will faint and be weary,
    and the young will fall exhausted;
31 but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
    they shall walk and not faint.

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  1. Isaiah 40:20 Meaning of Heb uncertain