6 A voice says, “Call out.” Then [a]he answered, “What shall I call out?” All flesh is grass, and all its [b]loveliness is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades, [c]When the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.
9 Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news, Lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news; Lift it up, do not fear. Say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!” 10 Behold, the Lord [d]God will come with might, With His arm ruling for Him. Behold, His reward is with Him And His recompense before Him. 11 Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.
12 Who has measured the [e]waters in the hollow of His hand, And marked off the heavens by the [f]span, And [g]calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, And weighed the mountains in a balance And the hills in a pair of scales? 13 Who has [h]directed the Spirit of the Lord, Or as His counselor has informed Him? 14 With whom did He consult and whogave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge And informed Him of the way of understanding? 15 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, And are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales; Behold, He lifts up the [i]islands like fine dust. 16 Even Lebanon is not enough to burn, Nor its beasts enough for a burnt offering. 17 All the nations are as nothing before Him, They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and [j]meaningless.
18 To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him? 19 As for the [k]idol, a craftsman casts it, A goldsmith plates it with gold, And a silversmith fashions chains of silver. 20 He who is too impoverished for such an offering Selects a tree that does not rot; He seeks out for himself a skillful craftsman To [l]prepare [m]an idol that will not totter.
21 Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is He who [n]sits above the [o]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 He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, Who makes the judges of the earth [p]meaningless. 24 [q]Scarcely have they been planted, [r]Scarcely have they been sown, [s]Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth, But He merely blows on them, and they wither, And the storm carries them away like stubble. 25 “To whom then will you liken Me That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the [t]strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, And the justice due me [u]escapes the notice of my God”? 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. 29 He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. 30 Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, 31 Yet those who [v]wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will [w]mount up with[x]wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
10 and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like [a]flowering grass he will pass away.11 For the sun rises with [b]a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.
12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has [c]been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lordhas promised to those who love Him.13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted [d]by God”; for God cannot be tempted [e]by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin [f]is accomplished, it brings forth death.16 Do not be [g]deceived, my beloved brethren.17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or [h]shifting shadow.18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be [i]a kind of first fruits [j]among His creatures.
19 [k]Thisyou know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak andslow to anger;20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all[l]that remains of wickedness, in [m]humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his [n]natural face in a mirror;24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, [o]he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but [p]an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in [q]what he does.
26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not [r]bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained [s]by the world.
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