The promulgation of the Gospel.
Isaiah 40:1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, sayth your God. Isaiah 40:2 Speake ye comfortably to Ierusalem, and cry vnto her, that her warrefare is accomplished, that her iniquitie is pardoned: for shee hath receiued of the LORDS hand double for all her sinnes.
The preaching of John the Baptist.
Isaiah 40:3 The voyce of him that cryeth in the wildernesse, Prepare yee the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a high way for our God. Isaiah 40:4 Euery valley shalbe exalted, and euery mountaine and hill shalbe made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plaine. Isaiah 40:5 And the glory of the LORD shall be reuealed, and all flesh shall see [it] together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it]. Isaiah 40:6 The voyce sayd; Cry. And hee sayd; What shall I cry? All flesh [is] grasse, and all the goodlinesse thereof [is] as the flowre of the field. Isaiah 40:7 The grasse withereth, the flowre fadeth; because the spirit of the LORD bloweth vpon it: surely the people [is] grasse. Isaiah 40:8 The grasse withereth, the flowre fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for euer.
The preaching of the Apostles.
Isaiah 40:9 O Zion, that bringest good tydings, get thee vp into the high mountaine: O Ierusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift vp thy voyce with strength, lift it vp, be not afraid: say vnto the cities of Iudah; Behold your God. Isaiah 40:10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong [hand], and his arme shall rule for him: behold, his reward [is] with him, and his worke before him. Isaiah 40:11 He shall feede his flocke like a shepheard: he shall gather the lambes with his arme; and carie [them] in his bosome, [and] shall gently lead those that are with yoong.
The prophet, by the omnipotency of God,
Isaiah 40:12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand? and meted out heauen with the spanne, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountaines in scales, and the hilles in a balance? Isaiah 40:13 Who hath directed the spirit of the LORD, or, being his counseller, hath taught him? Isaiah 40:14 With whom tooke he counsell, and [who] instructed him, and taught him in the path of iudgement? and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of vnderstanding? Isaiah 40:15 Behold, the nations [are] as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, hee taketh vp the yles as a very litle thing. Isaiah 40:16 And Lebanon [is] not sufficient to burne, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offring. Isaiah 40:17 All nations before him [are] as nothing, and they are counted to him lesse then nothing, and vanitie.
and his incomparableness,
Isaiah 40:18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likenesse will ye compare vnto him? Isaiah 40:19 The workeman melteth a grauen image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it ouer with golde, and casteth siluer chaines. Isaiah 40:20 He that [is] so impouerished that he hath no oblation, chooseth a tree [that] will not rot; he seeketh vnto him a cunning workeman, to prepare a grauen image [that] shall not be mooued. Isaiah 40:21 Haue yee not knowen? haue yee not heard? hath it not beene tolde you from the beginning? haue yee not vnderstood from the foundations of the earth? Isaiah 40:22 [It is] he that sitteth vpon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof [are] as grashoppers; that stretcheth out the heauens as a curtaine, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwel in: Isaiah 40:23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; hee maketh the Iudges of the earth as vanitie. Isaiah 40:24 Yea they shal not be planted, yea they shall not be sowen, yea their stocke shall not take roote in the earth: and he shall also blow vpon them, & they shall wither, and the whirlewinde shall take them away as stubble. Isaiah 40:25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shal I be equall, saith the Holy One?
comforteth the people.
Isaiah 40:26 Lift vp your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names, by the greatnesse of his might, for that hee [is] strong in power, not one faileth. Isaiah 40:27 Why sayest thou, O Iacob, and speakest O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my iudgement is passed ouer from my God?
Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not knowen? hast thou not heard, [that] the euerlasting God, the LORD, the Creatour of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is wearie? there is no searching of his vnderstanding. Isaiah 40:29 He giueth power to the faint, and to them that haue no might, he increaseth strength. Isaiah 40:30 Euen the youths shall faint, and be weary, and the yong men shall vtterly fall. Isaiah 40:31 But they that waite vpon the LORD, shall renew [their] strength: they shall mount vp with wings as Eagles, they shal runne and not be weary, [and] they shall walke, and not faint.