The promulgation of the Gospel.
Isaiah 40:1 Comfort yecomfort ye, my people,Saith your God. Isaiah 40:2 Speak ye unto the heart of Jerusalem, And cry unto her,That accomplished, is her warfare, That accepted, is her punishment,That she hath received, at the hand of Yahweh, According to the full measure of all her sins.
The preaching of John the Baptist.
Isaiah 40:3 A voice of one crying!In the desert, prepare ye the way of Yahweh,Make smooth, in the waste plain, a highway for our God: Isaiah 40:4 Let, every valley, be exalted, And, every mountain and hill, be made low,And, the steep ground, become, level, And, the chain of hillsa plain: Isaiah 40:5 Then shall be revealed, the glory of Yahweh,And all flesh shall see, it together, For, the mouth of Yahweh, hath spoken! Isaiah 40:6 A voice saying, Cry! And one saidWhat, should I cry? All flesh, is grass, And, all the grace thereof, like the flower of the field: Isaiah 40:7 The grass, hath withered, The flower, hath faded, Because, the breath of Yahweh, hath blown upon it! Surely the people, is grass! Isaiah 40:8 The grass, hath withered, The flower, hath faded,But, the word of our God, shall stand unto times age-abiding!
The preaching of the Apostles.
Isaiah 40:9 To a high mountain, get ye up, O heraldband of Zion, Lift high, with strength, your voice, O heraldband of Jerusalem,Lift it high, do not fear, Say to the cities of JudahLo! your God! Isaiah 40:10 Lo! My Lord, Yahweh, as a mighty one, doth come, And, his own arm, is about to rule for him,Lo! his reward, is with him, And, his recompense, before him; Isaiah 40:11 Like a shepherd, his flock, will he tend, In his own arm, will he take up the lambs, And, in his own bosom, will he carry [them],Them which are with young, will he lead to a place of rest.
The prophet, by the omnipotency of God,
Isaiah 40:12 Who, hath measured, with the hollow of his hand, the waters, Or, the heavens with a span, hath meted out, Or hath comprehended, in a measure, the dust of the earth, Or weighed, in scales, the mountains, Or, the hills, in a balance? Isaiah 40:13 Who, hath proved the spirit of Yahweh? Or, being his counselor, hath been giving him knowledge? Isaiah 40:14 With whom, hath he taken counselAnd he hath given him intelligence, And instructed him in the path of justice,And taught him knowledge, And, in the way of intelligence, hath been giving him understanding? Isaiah 40:15 Lo! nations, Are us a drop on a bucket, And, as fine dust on a balance, are accounted,Lo! islands, like an atom, can he hoist; Isaiah 40:16 And, Lebanon, is not sufficient to burn,Nor, the beasts thereof, sufficient for an ascending-sacrifice! Isaiah 40:17 All nations, are as nothing before him,A thing of nought or a waste, are they accounted unto him?
and his incomparableness,
Isaiah 40:18 Unto whom, then, can ye liken GOD? Or, what likeness, can ye compare unto him? Isaiah 40:19 The image, hath been cast by an artificer, And, a goldsmith, with gold, overlayeth it,And, chains of silver, he worketh. Isaiah 40:20 The needy offerer, of a tree that will not rot, maketh choice,A skilled artificer, seeketh he out for himself, to construct an image that shall not totter! Isaiah 40:21 Have ye never taken note? Have ye never heard? Hath it not, from the beginning, been told you? Have ye not been led to discern, from the foundations of the earth? Isaiah 40:22 It is he who sitteth upon the circle of the earth, While, the inhabitants thereof, are, as grasshoppers,Who stretcheth forth, as a curtain, the heavens, And spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in; Isaiah 40:23 Who delivereth dignitaries to nothingness,Judges of earth, like a desolation, hath he made: Isaiah 40:24 Scarcely have they been planted, Scarcely have they been sown, Scarcely hath their stock, begun to take root in the earth, When he hath just blown upon them, and they have withered, And, a whirlwind, as though they had been chaff, carrieth them away. Isaiah 40:25 Unto whom, then, can ye liken me, or can I be equal? Saith the Holy One.
comforteth the people.
Isaiah 40:26 Lift on high, your eyesand see, who, hath created these, That bringeth forth, by number, their host,To all of them, by name, doth call, Because of the abundance of vigour and alertness of strength, not one, is missing! Isaiah 40:27 Wherefore, shouldest thou, say, O Jacob, or, speak, O Israel,Hidden, is my path from Yahweh, And, from my God, my vindication, will pass?
Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known, Hast thou not heard, That, The God of age-past timeYahweh, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Fainteth not, neither groweth wearyThere is no, searching of his understanding: Isaiah 40:29 Giving, to him that fainteth, strength, And, to him that hath no, vigour, he causeth, power, to abound? Isaiah 40:30 Youths, both faint and grow weary, And, young warriorsthey fall, they fall; Isaiah 40:31 But, they who wait for Yahweh, shall renew their strength, They shall mount on strong pinion, like eagles,They shall run, and not grow weary, They shall walk, and not faint.