The promulgation of the Gospel.
Isaiah 40:1 Be of good chere my people, be of good chere (sayeth youre God) Isaiah 40:2 conforte Ierusalem, and tell her: that her trauayle is at an ende that her offence is pardoned, that she hath receyued of the Lordes hande sufficient correccyon for all her synnes.
The preaching of John the Baptist.
Isaiah 40:3 A voyce cryeth: Prepare the waye for the Lorde in the wyldernesse, make streyght the path for oure God in the deserte. Isaiah 40:4 Let all valleyes be exalted, & euery mountayne & hyll be leyed lowe. What so is croked, let it be made streyght, & lett the rough places be made playne feldes. Isaiah 40:5 For the glory of the Lorde shall apeare, & all flesh shall se it, for why, the mouth of the Lorde hath spoken it. Isaiah 40:6 The same voyce spake: Now crye. And I sayde: what shall I crye? Then spake yt: that all flesh is grasse, and that all the bewtye therof, is as the floure of the felde. Isaiah 40:7 When the grasse is withered, the floure falleth awaye. Euen so is the people as grasse, when the breath of the Lorde bloweth vpon them. Isaiah 40:8 Neuerthelesse whether the grasse wyther, or the floure fade awaye: Yet the worde of oure God endureth for euer. Moreouer the voyce cried thus:
The preaching of the Apostles.
Isaiah 40:9 Go vp vnto the hyll (O Sion) thou tha bryngest good tydynges, lyft vp thy voyce with power, O thou preacher Ierusalem. Lyft it vp without feare, & saye vnto the cities of Iuda: Beholde youre God, Isaiah 40:10 beholde the Lorde, euen the Allmyghtie shall come with power, and beare rule with hys arme. Beholde, he bryngeth his treasure with hym, & hys worckes go before hym. Isaiah 40:11 He shall fede his flock lyke an herdman. He shall gather the lambes together with his arme, and carie them in hys bosome, and shall kyndlye 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 with his spanne, and hath comprehended all the earth of the worlde in thre fyngers? Who hath weyed the mountaynes and hylles? Isaiah 40:13 Who hath refourmed the mynde of the Lord? Or who is of hys councell to teach him? Isaiah 40:14 At whom hath he asked councell, to make hym vnderstand, and to lerne hym the waye of iudgment: to teach him science: and to enstructe hym in the waye of vnderstandynge. Isaiah 40:15 Beholde, all people are in comparyson of hym, as a droppe to a boket full, and are counted as the leste thinge that the balaunce weyeth. Beholde, the Iles are in comparyson of hym, as the shadowe of the sonne beame. Isaiah 40:16 Libanus is not suffycyent to mynystre fyre for his offringe, and all the beastes therof are not ynough to one sacryfyce. Isaiah 40:17 All people in comparyson of hym are rekened as nothing, yee vayne vanyte and emptynesse.
and his incomparableness,
Isaiah 40:18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what simylitude wyll ye set vp vnto hym? Isaiah 40:19 Shall the caruer make hym carued ymage? and shall the goldsmyth couer hym with golde, or cast hym in to a fourme of syluer plates? Isaiah 40:20 Moreouer shall the ymage maker (that the poore man whyche is dysposed, maye haue some thynge to set vp also) seke out & chose a tree, that is not rotten, and came therout an ymage, that moueth not? Isaiah 40:21 Knowe ye not this? Hearde ye neuer of it? Hath it not bene preached vnto you sence the begynnyng? Haue ye not bene enfourmed of this, sence the foundacyon of the earth was layde: Isaiah 40:22 That he sytteth vpon the circle of the worlde, and that al the inhabytours of the worlde are in comparison of him, but as greshoppers: That he spredeth out the heauens as a coueryng, that he stretcheth them out, as a tent to dwell in: Isaiah 40:23 That he bryngeth Prynces to nothyng, and the iudges of the earth to dust: Isaiah 40:24 so that they be not planted nor sowen agayne, nether theyr stocke roted agayne in þe earth? For as sone as he bloweth vpon them, they wither & fade awaye, lyke the strawe in a whyrle wynde. Isaiah 40:25 To whom now will ye lyken me, & whom shall I be lyke, sayeth the holy one?
comforteth the people.
Isaiah 40:26 Lyft vp youre eyes on hye, and consydre. Who hath made those thynges, whyche come out by so greate heapes? And he can call them all by their names. For there is nothynge hyd vnto the greatnesse of his power, strength, and myght. Isaiah 40:27 How maye then Iacob thyncke, or how maye Israel saye: My wayes are hyd from the Lorde, and my God knoweth not of my iudgementes.
Isaiah 40:28 Knowest thou not, or hast thou not hearde, that the euerlastynge God the Lorde whiche made all the corners of the earth, is nether weery nor faynt, & that his wysdome can not be comprehended, Isaiah 40:29 but that he geueth strength vnto the weery, and power vnto the faynte? Isaiah 40:30 Chyldren are weery and faynt, and the strongest men fall: Isaiah 40:31 But vnto them that haue the Lorde before their eyes, shal strength be encreased, Aegles wynges shall growe vpon them: When they runne they shall not fal: and when they go, they shal not be weery.