17 (A)All the nations are as nothing before Him,
They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and [a]meaningless.

18 (B)To whom then will you liken God?
Or what likeness will you compare with Him?
19 As for the [b](C)idol, a craftsman casts it,
A goldsmith (D)plates it with gold,
And a silversmith fashions chains of silver.
20 He who is too impoverished for such an offering
Selects a (E)tree that does not rot;
He seeks out for himself a skillful craftsman
To [c]prepare [d]an idol that (F)will not totter.

21 (G)Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?
Have you not understood (H)from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is He who [e]sits above the [f](I)circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like (J)grasshoppers,
Who (K)stretches out the heavens like a (L)curtain
And spreads them out like a (M)tent to live in.
23 It is He who reduces (N)rulers to nothing,
Who (O)makes the judges of the earth [g]meaningless.
24 [h]Scarcely have they been planted,
[i]Scarcely have they been sown,
[j]Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth,
But He merely blows on them, and they wither,
And the (P)storm carries them away like stubble.
25 (Q)To whom then will you compare Me
That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.
26 (R)Raise your eyes on high
And see (S)who has created these stars,
The (T)One who brings out their [k]multitude by number,
He calls them all by name;
Because of the (U)greatness of His might and the [l]strength of His power,
(V)Not one of them is missing.

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  1. Isaiah 40:17 Or void
  2. Isaiah 40:19 Or carved image
  3. Isaiah 40:20 Or set up
  4. Isaiah 40:20 Or a carved image
  5. Isaiah 40:22 Or is enthroned
  6. Isaiah 40:22 Or vault
  7. Isaiah 40:23 Or void
  8. Isaiah 40:24 Or Not even
  9. Isaiah 40:24 Or Not even
  10. Isaiah 40:24 Or Not even
  11. Isaiah 40:26 Lit host
  12. Isaiah 40:26 As in DSS and ancient versions; MT strong

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