The promulgation of the Gospel.
Isaiah 40:1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, will your God say. Isaiah 40:2 Speake comfortably to Ierusalem, and crye vnto her, that her warrefare is accomplished, that her iniquitie is pardoned: for she hath receiued of the Lords hand double for all her sinnes.
The preaching of John the Baptist.
Isaiah 40:3 A voyce cryeth in the wildernesse, Prepare ye the way of the Lord: make streight in the desert a path for our God. Isaiah 40:4 Euery valley shall be exalted, and euery mountaine and hill shall be made lowe: and the crooked shalbe streight, & the rough places plaine. Isaiah 40:5 And the glory of the Lord shalbe reueiled, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. Isaiah 40:6 A voyce saide, Crie; he saide, What shall I crie? All flesh is grasse, and all the grace thereof is as the floure of the fielde. Isaiah 40:7 The grasse withereth, the floure fadeth, because the Spirite of the Lorde bloweth vpon it: surely the people is grasse. Isaiah 40:8 The grasse withereth, the floure fadeth: but the worde of our God shall stand for euer.
The preaching of the Apostles.
Isaiah 40:9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee vp into the hie mountaine: O Ierusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift vp thy voyce with strength: lift it vp, be not afraide: say vnto the cities of Iudah, Beholde your God. Isaiah 40:10 Beholde, the Lorde God will come with power, and his arme shall rule for him: beholde, his rewarde 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, & cary them in his bosome, and shal guide them with young.
The prophet, by the omnipotency of God,
Isaiah 40:12 Who hath measured the waters in his fist? and counted heauen with the spanne, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure? and weighed ye mountaines in a weight, and the hilles in a balance? Isaiah 40:13 Who hath instructed ye Spirit of the Lord? or was his counseler or taught him? Isaiah 40:14 Of whom tooke he counsell, and who instructed him and taught him in the way of iudgement? or taught him knowledge, and shewed vnto him the way of vnderstanding? Isaiah 40:15 Beholde, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the dust of the balance: beholde, he taketh away the yles as a litle dust. Isaiah 40:16 And Lebanon is not sufficient for fire, nor the beastes thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. 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 wil ye liken God? or what similitude will ye set vp vnto him? Isaiah 40:19 The workeman melteth an image, or the goldsmith beateth it out in golde, or the goldesmith maketh siluer plates. Isaiah 40:20 Doeth not the poore chuse out a tree that will not rot, for an oblation? he seeketh also vnto him a cunning workeman, to prepare an image, that shall not be moued. Isaiah 40:21 Know ye nothing? haue ye not heard it? hath it not bene tolde you from the beginning? haue ye not vnderstand it by the foundation of the earth? Isaiah 40:22 He sitteth vpon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grashoppers, hee stretcheth out ye heauens, as a curtaine, and spreadeth them out, as a tent to dwell in. Isaiah 40:23 He bringeth the princes to nothing, and maketh the iudges of the earth, as vanitie, Isaiah 40:24 As though they were not plated, as though they were not sowen, as though their stocke tooke no roote in the earth: for he did euen blow vpon them, and they withered, and the whirlewinde will take them away as stubble. Isaiah 40:25 To whom nowe will ye liken me, that I should be like him, saith the Holy one?
comforteth the people.
Isaiah 40:26 Lift vp your eyes on hie, and beholde who hath created these things, and bringeth out their armies by nomber, and calleth them all by names? by the greatnesse of his power & mightie strength nothing faileth. Isaiah 40:27 Why sayest thou, O Iaakob, and speakest O Israel, My way is hid from the Lorde, and my iudgement is passed ouer of my God?
Isaiah 40:28 Knowest thou not? or hast thou not heard, that the euerlasting God, the Lorde hath created the endes of the earth? he neither fainteth, nor is wearie: there is no searching of his vnderstanding. Isaiah 40:29 But he giueth strength vnto him that fainteth, and vnto him that hath no strength, he encreaseth power. Isaiah 40:30 Euen the yong men shall faint, and be wearie, and the yong men shall stumble and fall. Isaiah 40:31 But they that waite vpon the Lord, shall renue their strength: they shall lift vp the wings as the eagles: they shall runne, and not be wearie, and they shall walke and not faint.