|1||Comfort, comfort my people, |
says your God.
|ISAIAH 2. (The Exile). Words of hope.||Mgn||Edit||<p>|
|2||Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, |
and cry to her that her warfare is ended,
that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from Yahweh's hand
double for all her sins.
|3||A voice cries: |
"In the wilderness prepare the way of Yahweh,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
|4||Every valley shall be lifted up, |
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
|5||And the glory of Yahweh shall be revealed, |
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken."
|6||A voice says, "Cry!" |
And I said, "What shall I cry?"
All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
|7||The grass withers, the flower fades, |
when the breath of Yahweh blows upon it;
surely the people is grass.
|8||The grass withers, the flower fades; |
but the word of our God will stand for ever.
|9||Get you up to a high mountain, |
O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
"Behold your God!"
|10||Behold, the Lord Yahweh comes with might, |
and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
|11||He will feed his flock like a shepherd, |
he will gather the lambs in his arms,
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.
|12||Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand |
and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
and weighed the mountains in scales
and the hills in a balance?
|The LORD of the universe.||<p>||Mgn||Edit||<p>|
|13||Who has directed the Spirit of Yahweh, |
or as his counselor has instructed him?
|14||Whom did he consult for his enlightenment, |
and who taught him the path of justice,
and taught him knowledge,
and showed him the way of understanding?
|15||Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, |
and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
behold, he takes up the isles like fine dust.
|16||Lebanon would not suffice for fuel, |
nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering.
|17||All the nations are as nothing before him, |
they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.
|18||To whom then will you liken God, |
or what likeness compare with him?
|19||The idol? A workman casts it, |
and a goldsmith overlays it with gold,
and casts for it silver chains.
|20||He who is impoverished chooses for an offering |
wood that will not rot;
he seeks out a skilful craftsman
to set up an image that will not move.
|21||Have you not known? Have you not heard? |
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
|22||It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, |
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
|23||who brings princes to nought, |
and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.
|24||Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, |
scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows upon them, and they wither,
and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
|25||To whom then will you compare me, |
that I should be like him?
says the Holy One.
|26||Lift up your eyes on high and see: |
who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
calling them all by name;
by the greatness of his might,
and because he is strong in power
not one is missing.
|27||Why do you say, O Jacob, |
and speak, O Israel,
"My way is hid from Yahweh,
and my right is disregarded by my God"?
|28||Have you not known? Have you not heard? |
Yahweh is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary,
his understanding is unsearchable.
|29||He gives power to the faint, |
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
|30||Even youths shall faint and be weary, |
and young men shall fall exhausted;
|31||but they who wait for Yahweh shall renew their strength, |
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.
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