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Isaiah 40

11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd.
  He will carry the lambs in his arms,
holding them close to his heart.
  He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.

The LORD Has No Equal
12 Who else has held the oceans in his hand?
  Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers?
Who else knows the weight of the earth
  or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?
13 Who is able to advise the Spirit of the LORD?*
  Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him?
14 Has the LORD ever needed anyone's advice?
  Does he need instruction about what is good?
Did someone teach him what is right
  or show him the path of justice?

15 No, for all the nations of the world
  are but a drop in the bucket.
They are nothing more
  than dust on the scales.
He picks up the whole earth
  as though it were a grain of sand.
16 All the wood in Lebanon's forests
  and all Lebanon's animals would not be enough
  to make a burnt offering worthy of our God.
17 The nations of the world are worth nothing to him.
  In his eyes they count for less than nothing—
  mere emptiness and froth.

18 To whom can you compare God?
  What image can you find to resemble him?
19 Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold,
  overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains?
20 Or if people are too poor for that,
  they might at least choose wood that won't decay
and a skilled craftsman
  to carve an image that won't fall down!

21 Haven't you heard? Don't you understand?
  Are you deaf to the words of God—
the words he gave before the world began?
  Are you so ignorant?
22 God sits above the circle of the earth.
  The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!
He spreads out the heavens like a curtain
  and makes his tent from them.
23 He judges the great people of the world
  and brings them all to nothing.
24 They hardly get started, barely taking root,
  when he blows on them and they wither.
  The wind carries them off like chaff.

25 "To whom will you compare me?
  Who is my equal?" asks the Holy One.

26 Look up into the heavens.
  Who created all the stars?
He brings them out like an army, one after another,
  calling each by its name.
Because of his great power and incomparable strength,
  not a single one is missing.
27 O Jacob, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles?
  O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?
28 Have you never heard?
  Have you never understood?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
  the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
  No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak
  and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
  and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.
  They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
  They will walk and not faint.

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40:13 Greek version reads Who can know the LORD's thoughts? Compare Rom 11:34; 1 Cor 2:16.

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