The promulgation of the Gospel.
Isaiah 40:1 Comforte my people (O ye prophetes) comforte my people, sayeth your God, Isaiah 40:2 comforte Ierusalem at the hert, & tell her: þt her trauayle is at an ende that her offence is pardoned, that she hath receaued of the Lordes hande sufficient correccion for all her synnes.
The preaching of John the Baptist.
Isaiah 40:3 A voyce crieth in wildernes. Prepare the waye for þe Lorde in the wildernesse, make streyght þe path for oure God in þe deserte. Isaiah 40:4 Let all valleyes be exalted, & euery mountayne & hill be layed lowe, what so is croked, let it be made strayght: & let the rough be made playne feldes. Isaiah 40:5 For þe glory of the Lorde shall appeare, and all flesh shall at once se it, for why: the mouth of the Lorde hath spoken it. Isaiah 40:6 The same voyce spake: Nowe crye. And þe prophet answered: what shall I crye? that all fleshe is grasse, & that all the godlines therof, is as þe floure of þe felde. Isaiah 40:7 The grasse is wythered, þe floure falleth awaye. Euen so is the people as grasse, when the breath of þe Lorde bloweth vpon them. Isaiah 40:8 Neuertheles, whether the grasse wyther, or þe floure fade awaye. Yet þe word of our God endureth for euer.
The preaching of the Apostles.
Isaiah 40:9 Go vp vnto þe hye hyll (O Syon) þu that bringest good tydynges, lyfte vp thy voyce with power, O thou preacher Ierusalem. Lyfte it vp without feare, and saye vnto the cyties of Iuda: Beholde youre God, Isaiah 40:10 beholde the Lord God shall come with power, and beare rule with his arme. Beholde, he bringeth hys treasure with him, and his worckes go before hym. Isaiah 40:11 He shall fede his flock lyke an herdman. He shall gather the lambes together with hys arme, and carye them in his bosome, & shall kyndely intreate those that beare yonge.
The prophet, by the omnipotency of God,
Isaiah 40:12 Who hath holden the waters in hys fyst? Who hath measured heauen wt his spanne, & hath comprehended all the earth of þe worlde in thre measures? Who hath weyed þe mountaynes & hylles in a balaunce. Isaiah 40:13 Who hath refourmed the mynde of þe Lorde? or to whom hath he shewed his counsell. Or who is of his councell to teach him? Isaiah 40:14 or who hath geuen him vnderstandynge and hath taught him the path of iudgement Who taught him conninge and opened to him the waye of vnderstandynge. Isaiah 40:15 Beholde, all people are in comparyson of hym, as a droppe to a bocket full, & are counted as the lest thinge that the balaunce weyeth. Yee & þe Iles he taketh vp as a very lyttel thing. Isaiah 40:16 Libanus is not sufficient to ministre fyre for hys offeringe, and all the beastes therof are not ynough to one sacrifice. Isaiah 40:17 All people in comparyson of him are rekened as nothing, yf they be compared with him lesse then nothyng and as it that is not.
and his incomparableness,
Isaiah 40:18 To whom then wyll ye liken God? or what Similitude will ye set vp vnto him? Isaiah 40:19 Shall the caruer make him a carued ymage? & shall þe goldsmyth couer hym with golde, or cast him into a fourme of syluer plates? Isaiah 40:20 Moreouer, shall the ymage maker (that the poore man which is disposed, maye haue some thing to sett vp also) seke out and chose a tree, þt is not roten, & carue therout an ymage, þt moueth not? Isaiah 40:21 Knowe ye nothing o wretches? Hearde ye neuer of it? Hath it not bene preached vnto you sence the begynning? Haue ye not bene enfourmed of this, by the foundacyon of the earthe, Isaiah 40:22 that he sytteth vpon the circle of the worlde, and that all the inhabitoures of the worlde are in comparyson of him, but as greshopers. That he spredeth out þe heauens as a couerynge, that he stretched them out, as a tent to dwell in. Isaiah 40:23 That he bringeth Princes to nothing, and the iudges of the earth to dust: Isaiah 40:24 so þt of them it may be sayde they be not planted nor sowen agayne, nether their stock roted agayne in the earth? For as soone as he bloweth vpon them, they wither & fade awaye, like þe straw in a whyrle winde. Isaiah 40:25 To whom nowe will ye lyken me, & whom shall I be lyke, sayeth the holy one?
comforteth the people.
Isaiah 40:26 Lyft vp your eyes on hye, & consydre. who hath made those thinges, which come out by so great heapes? & he can call them all by their names. For there is nothing hid vnto the greatnesse of hys power, strength, & myght. Isaiah 40:27 Howe may then Iacob thincke, or how may Israel saye: My wayes are hid from the Lorde, & my God knoweth not of my iudgementes.
Isaiah 40:28 Knowest thou not, or hast thou not hearde, that the euerlastynge God, the Lorde which made all þe corners of the earth, is nether weery nor faynt? and that his wysdome cannot be comprehended: Isaiah 40:29 but that he geueth strength vnto the weery, and power vnto the faynte? Isaiah 40:30 Children are weery and faynt, and the strongest men fall. Isaiah 40:31 But vnto them that haue the Lord before theyr eyes, shall strength be encreased. Aegles wynges shall growe vpon them. When they runne they shall not fall: and when they go, they shall not be weery.