Isaiah 40 [Clear Word]


1 "Comfort, comfort my people," says our God. 2 "Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and tell her what the future holds. Her years of captivity are at an end. Her sins have been forgiven. She has felt the just discipline of the Lord." 3 Then Isaiah prophesied, "The time will come when a voice from the wilderness will cry out, 'Prepare the way for the Lord! Make a highway in the desert for our God! 4 Raise the valleys! Lower the mountains! Turn the hill country into level ground! Make the rough roads smooth! 5 The glory of the Lord will be revealed and everyone will see it! The Lord Himself has promised it!'" 6 A voice said to me, "Cry aloud! Proclaim the message!" I said, "What is the message?" The voice said, "Men are like grass and their glory is like the flowers of the field. 7 Grass withers and flowers fade when the Lord causes a hot wind to blow over them. Men are no different. They fade away and are no more. 8 Grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of the Lord will stand forever. 9 Go up on a high mountain and proclaim good news to Jerusalem! Call out with a loud voice and announce good news to Zion! Speak up! Don't be afraid! Give the people of Judah the word of the Lord! Say to them, 'Your God will come!' 10 The Lord will come and rule with power. He will bring His reward with Him and will do what He needs to do. 11 The Lord cares for His people as a good shepherd cares for his sheep. He takes the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart. He gently leads the sheep who are with young." 12 Who understands how the Lord can control oceans simply by the wave of His hand? Who knows how He controls the heavens? The Lord holds this planet in His hand as easily as a man holds a cup. He weighs mountains as easily as a man weighs a stone. 13 Who can understand the mind of the Lord or who can update Him on the latest knowledge? 14 To whom has the Lord gone to be enlightened? Who taught Him the right thing to do? Who gave the Lord knowledge or showed Him the way to go? 15 Whole nations are like a drop in a bucket to the Lord. To Him their weight is no more than a speck of dust on a scale. The Lord is all powerful. To Him islands are no more than the finest dust. 16 All the animals in the forests of Lebanon are not sufficient to sacrifice to our God to honor Him. Its trees are too few for all the altars that should be lighted to praise His name. 17 To Him, the greatest nation is nothing, and all the nations together are less than nothing. 18 To whom should we compare our God? What god can we compare Him to? 19 He's not like an idol that a craftsman makes from metal, which the goldsmith overlays with gold and sets on a base made of silver. 20 The man who can't afford silver or gold makes his idol from wood that will not rot. He finds a craftsman who will make it so it will stand up and not fall down. 21 Do you people not know? Have you not heard? Weren't you told long before this? Haven't you heard how the world began? 22 God sits above the circle of the earth and its people look as small as ants. He stretches out the sky above them like a blue canopy and makes a huge tent for them to live in. 23 He brings down powerful kings and reduces rulers to nothing. 24 No sooner are they planted and rooted than He sends a wind and they shrivel up. He sends a whirlwind and they blow away. 25 The Lord says, "To whom will you compare me? Who is equal to me?" 26 Look up to the heavens. Who created the universe and all the stars you see? Who guides them through space and calls them all by name? His power and mighty strength are so great, not one of them gets lost. 27 Why do you people complain? Why do you say, "The Lord doesn't notice us--He doesn't care about us and our troubles?" 28 Don't you know that the Lord our God is the everlasting One? Haven't you heard that He always was and always will be? He's the Creator of the universe! He never gets tired. He never gets weary. His understanding and comprehension has no limits. 29 He gives strength to those who are weak and energy to those who are weary. 30 Even young men become weak and stumble and fall. 31 But those who wait on the Lord and go to Him for help will have their strength renewed. They will soar like eagles. They will run and not be weary. They will walk and not faint.