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The Word of God Stands For Ever

A voice says, “Cry!”
    And I said,[a] “What shall I cry?”
(A)All flesh is grass,
    and all its beauty[b] is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades
    when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
    surely the people are grass.
(B)The grass withers, the flower fades,
    but the word of our God will stand for ever.

The Greatness of God

Get you up to a high mountain,
    O Zion, (C)herald of good news;[c]
lift up your voice with strength,
    O Jerusalem, herald of good news;[d]
    lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
    “Behold your God!”
10 (D)Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
    and his arm rules for him;
(E)behold, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense before him.
11 (F)He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
    (G)he will gather the lambs in his arms;
(H)he will carry them in his bosom,
    and gently lead those that are with young.
12 (I)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 (J)Who has measured[e] the Spirit of the Lord,
    or what man shows him his counsel?
14 Whom did he consult,
    and who made him understand?
(K)Who taught him the path of justice,
    and taught him knowledge,
    and showed him the way of understanding?
15 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
    and are accounted (L)as the dust on the scales;
    behold, he takes up (M)the coastlands like fine dust.
16 Lebanon would not suffice for fuel,
    nor are (N)its beasts enough for a burnt offering.
17 (O)All the nations are as nothing before him,
    they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.
18 (P)To whom then will you liken God,
    (Q)or what likeness compare with him?
19 (R)An idol! A craftsman casts it,
    and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
    and casts for it silver chains.
20 (S)He who is too impoverished for an offering
    chooses wood[f] that will not rot;
he seeks out a skilful craftsman
    to set up an idol that will not move.
21 (T)Do you not know? Do you not hear?
    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 (U)like grasshoppers;
(V)who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
    and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
23 (W)who brings princes to nothing,
    and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
    scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows on them, and they wither,
    (X)and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

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  1. Isaiah 40:6 Revocalization based on Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Vulgate; Masoretic Text And someone says
  2. Isaiah 40:6 Or all its constancy
  3. Isaiah 40:9 Or O herald of good news to Zion
  4. Isaiah 40:9 Or O herald of good news to Jerusalem
  5. Isaiah 40:13 Or has directed
  6. Isaiah 40:20 Or He chooses valuable wood