Isaiah 40-50 New International Version (NIV)
Comfort for God’s People
40 Comfort, comfort my people,
3 A voice of one calling:
6 A voice says, “Cry out.”
“All people are like grass,
9 You who bring good news to Zion,
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
18 With whom, then, will you compare God?
21 Do you not know?
25 “To whom will you compare me?
27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
The Helper of Israel
41 “Be silent before me, you islands!
2 “Who has stirred up one from the east,
5 The islands have seen it and fear;
8 “But you, Israel, my servant,
11 “All who rage against you
17 “The poor and needy search for water,
21 “Present your case,” says the Lord.
25 “I have stirred up one from the north, and he comes—
The Servant of the Lord
42 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
5 This is what God the Lord says—
8 “I am the Lord; that is my name!
Song of Praise to the Lord
10 Sing to the Lord a new song,
14 “For a long time I have kept silent,
Israel Blind and Deaf
18 “Hear, you deaf;
23 Which of you will listen to this
Israel’s Only Savior
43 But now, this is what the Lord says—
8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,
God’s Mercy and Israel’s Unfaithfulness
14 This is what the Lord says—
16 This is what the Lord says—
22 “Yet you have not called on me, Jacob,
25 “I, even I, am he who blots out
Israel the Chosen
44 “But now listen, Jacob, my servant,
The Lord, Not Idols
6 “This is what the Lord says—
9 All who make idols are nothing,
12 The blacksmith takes a tool
21 “Remember these things, Jacob,
23 Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this;
Jerusalem to Be Inhabited
24 “This is what the Lord says—
I am the Lord,
who says of Jerusalem, ‘It shall be inhabited,’
45 “This is what the Lord says to his anointed,
8 “You heavens above, rain down my righteousness;
9 “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker,
11 “This is what the Lord says—
14 This is what the Lord says:
“The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,[m]
15 Truly you are a God who has been hiding himself,
18 For this is what the Lord says—
20 “Gather together and come;
22 “Turn to me and be saved,
Gods of Babylon
46 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low;
3 “Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,
5 “With whom will you compare me or count me equal?
8 “Remember this, keep it in mind,
The Fall of Babylon
47 “Go down, sit in the dust,
4 Our Redeemer—the Lord Almighty is his name—
5 “Sit in silence, go into darkness,
8 “Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure,
12 “Keep on, then, with your magic spells
48 “Listen to this, you descendants of Jacob,
“From now on I will tell you of new things,
12 “Listen to me, Jacob,
14 “Come together, all of you, and listen:
16 “Come near me and listen to this:
“From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret;
And now the Sovereign Lord has sent me,
17 This is what the Lord says—
20 Leave Babylon,
22 “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
The Servant of the Lord
49 Listen to me, you islands;
5 And now the Lord says—
7 This is what the Lord says—
Restoration of Israel
8 This is what the Lord says:
“In the time of my favor I will answer you,
“They will feed beside the roads
13 Shout for joy, you heavens;
14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
19 “Though you were ruined and made desolate
22 This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“See, I will beckon to the nations,
24 Can plunder be taken from warriors,
25 But this is what the Lord says:
“Yes, captives will be taken from warriors,
Israel’s Sin and the Servant’s Obedience
50 This is what the Lord says:
“Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce
4 The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
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