Bible: Isa 40:9-20
40:9 Go up on a high mountain, O herald Zion!
Shout out loudly, O herald Jerusalem! 1
Shout, don’t be afraid!
Say to the towns of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
40:10 Look, the sovereign
his military power establishes his rule. 3
Look, his reward is with him;
his prize goes before him. 4
40:11 Like a shepherd he tends his flock;
he gathers up the lambs with his arm;
he carries them close to his heart; 5
he leads the ewes along.
The Lord is Incomparable
40:12 Who has measured out the waters 6 in the hollow of his hand,
or carefully weighed 9 the soil of the earth,
or weighed the mountains in a balance,
or the hills on scales? 10
or gives him instruction as his counselor? 13
40:14 From whom does he receive directions? 14
or imparts knowledge to him,
or instructs him in skillful design? 17
40:15 Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
they are regarded as dust on the scales.
40:16 Not even Lebanon could supply enough firewood for a sacrifice; 20
its wild animals would not provide enough burnt offerings. 21
40:17 All the nations are insignificant before him;
they are regarded as absolutely nothing. 22
40:18 To whom can you compare God?
To what image can you liken him?
40:19 A craftsman casts 23 an idol;
a metalsmith overlays it with gold
and forges silver chains for it.
40:20 To make a contribution one selects wood that will not rot; 24
he then seeks a skilled craftsman
to make 25 an idol that will not fall over.