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

27 (Q)Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,
“My way is (R)hidden from the Lord,
And the (S)justice due me [h]escapes the notice of (T)my God”?
28 (U)Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The (V)Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is (W)inscrutable.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 40:22 Or is enthroned
  2. Isaiah 40:22 Or vault
  3. Isaiah 40:23 Or void
  4. Isaiah 40:24 Or Not even
  5. Isaiah 40:24 Or Not even
  6. Isaiah 40:24 Or Not even
  7. Isaiah 40:26 So DSS and ancient versions; M.T. strong
  8. Isaiah 40:27 Lit passes by my God