40 zComfort, comfort my people, says your God.
2 aSpeak tenderly to Jerusalem,
d“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
emake straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 fEvery valley shall be lifted up,
5 gAnd the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
hfor the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
And I said,3 “What shall I cry?”
iAll flesh is grass,
and all its beauty4 is like the flower of the field.
8 jThe grass withers, the flower fades,
O Jerusalem, herald of good news;6
10 lBehold, the Lord God comes with might,
mbehold, his reward is with him,
11 nHe will tend his flock like a shepherd;
ohe will gather the lambs in his arms;
phe will carry them in his bosom,
12 qWho has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
sWho taught him the path of justice,
and are accounted tas the dust on the scales;
behold, he takes up uthe coastlands like fine dust.
nor are vits beasts enough for a burnt offering.
17 wAll the nations are as nothing before him,
18 xTo whom then will you liken God,
yor what likeness compare with him?
19 yAn idol! A craftsman casts it,
20 zHe who is too impoverished for an offering
chooses wood8 that will not rot;
21 aDo you not know? Do you not hear?
and its inhabitants are blike grasshoppers;
cwho stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
23 dwho brings princes to nothing,
eand the tempest carries them off like stubble.
25 fTo whom then will you compare me,
gHe who brings out their host by number,
h“My way is hidden from the Lord,
iand my right is disregarded by my God”?
The Lord is jthe everlasting God,
khis understanding is unsearchable.
31 but lthey who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings mlike eagles;
 40:2 Or hardship
 40:3 Or A voice of one crying
 40:6 Revocalization based on Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Vulgate; Masoretic Text And someone says
 40:6 Or all its constancy
 40:9 Or O herald of good news to Zion
 40:9 Or O herald of good news to Jerusalem
 40:13 Or has directed
 40:20 Or He chooses valuable wood