The promulgation of the Gospel.
Isaiah 40:1 Comfort my people [O ye prophetes] comfort my people, saith your God, Isaiah 40:2 Comfort Hierusalem at the heart, and tell her, that her trauayle is at an ende, that her offence is pardoned, that she hath receaued at the Lordes hande sufficient correction for all her sinnes.
The preaching of John the Baptist.
Isaiah 40:3 A voyce crieth in wildernesse: Prepare the way of the Lorde, make strayght the path of our God in the desert. Isaiah 40:4 All valleys shalbe exalted, and euery mountayne and hyll layde lowe: what so is croked shalbe made strayght, and the rough shalbe made playne. Isaiah 40:5 For the glorie of the Lorde shall appeare, for all fleshe shall at once see that the mouth of the Lorde hath spoken it. Isaiah 40:6 The same voyce spake: Nowe crye. And the prophete aunswered, What shall I crye? That all fleshe is grasse, and that all the goodlinesse therof is as the floure of the fielde. Isaiah 40:7 The grasse is withered, the floure falleth away, for the breath of the Lord bloweth vpon them: of a trueth the people are grasse. Isaiah 40:8 The grasse withereth, and the floure fadeth away: yet the worde of our God endureth for euer.
The preaching of the Apostles.
Isaiah 40:9 Go vp vnto the hye hyll O Sion thou that bryngest good tidinges, lyft vp thy voyce with power O thou preacher Hierusalem, lyft vp without feare, & say vnto the cities of Iuda: Beholde your God, Isaiah 40:10 Beholde ye Lorde God shal come with power, and shall of him selfe beare rule with his arme: beholde his rewarde with hym, and his workes before hym. Isaiah 40:11 He shall feede his flocke like an heardman, he shall gather the lambes together with his arme, and cary them in his bosome, and shall kyndly intreate those that beare young.
The prophet, by the omnipotency of God,
Isaiah 40:12 Who hath measured the waters in his fist? who hath measured heauen with his spanne, and hath comprehended all the earth of the worlde in three measures? who hath wayed the mountaynes and hylles in a ballaunce? Isaiah 40:13 Who hath directed the spirite of the Lorde? or who gaue hym counsayle, and shewed hym? Isaiah 40:14 Who is of his counsayle, and geueth hym vnderstandyng, and hath taught hym the path of iudgement? who taught hym cunnyng, and opened to hym the way of vnderstandyng? Isaiah 40:15 Beholde, all people are in comparison of hym as a droppe of a bucket full, and are counted as the least thyng that the ballaunce wayeth: yea and the Isles he taketh vp as a very litle thyng. Isaiah 40:16 Libanus is not sufficient to minister fire to his offeryng, and all the beastes therof are not inough for one sacrifice. Isaiah 40:17 All people in comparison of hym are reckened as nothyng: yf they be compared with hym, lesse then nothyng, and as it that is not.
and his incomparableness,
Isaiah 40:18 To whom then wyll ye lyken God? or what similitude will ye set vp to him? Isaiah 40:19 Shall the caruer make hym a carued image? and shall the goldesmith couer hym with golde, or cast hym into a fourme of siluer plates? Isaiah 40:20 Moreouer, shal the image maker that the poore man which is disposed may haue some thyng to set vp also, seeke out and choose a tree that is not rotten, and carue thereout an image that moueth not? Isaiah 40:21 Knowe ye nothyng? hearde ye neuer of it? hath it not ben preached vnto you since the beginning? haue ye not ben enfourmed of this by the foundation of the earth? Isaiah 40:22 It is he that sitteth vpon the circle of the world, whose inhabiters are [in comparison of him] but as grashoppers: he spreadeth out the heauens as a couering, he stretcheth them out as a tent to dwell in. Isaiah 40:23 He bringeth princes to nothing, and the iudges of the earth as though they were not. Isaiah 40:24 So that of them it may be sayde, they be not planted nor sowne agayne, neither their stocke rooted agayne in the earth: for assoone as he bloweth vpon them, they wither and fade away lyke the strawe in a whirle winde. Isaiah 40:25 To whom nowe will ye liken me, and whom shall I be lyke, saith the holy one?
comforteth the people.
Isaiah 40:26 Lift vp your eyes on high, and consider who hath made those thinges which come out by so great heapes, and he calleth them al by their names: there is nothing hid from the greatnesse of his power, strength, and might. Isaiah 40:27 Howe may then Iacob thinke, or may Israel say, My wayes are hid from the Lord, and my God knoweth not of my iudgementes?
Isaiah 40:28 Knowest thou not, or hast thou not hearde that the euerlasting God, the Lorde whiche made all the corners of the earth, is neither weerie nor fainte? and that his wysdome can not be comprehended? Isaiah 40:29 It is he that geueth strength vnto the weerie, and power vnto the faint. Isaiah 40:30 Children are weerie and faint, and the strongest men fall: Isaiah 40:31 But vnto them that haue their trust in the Lorde, shall strength be increased: Egles winges shall growe vpon them, when they runne they shall not fall, and when they go they shall not be weerie.