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 Lord comes as a victorious warrior; 2 

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 7  measured the sky, 8 

or carefully weighed 9  the soil of the earth,

or weighed the mountains in a balance,

or the hills on scales? 10 

40:13 Who comprehends 11  the mind 12  of the Lord,

or gives him instruction as his counselor? 13 

40:14 From whom does he receive directions? 14 

Who 15  teaches him the correct way to do things, 16 

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.

He lifts 18  the coastlands 19  as if they were dust.

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.

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