New Living Translation

Isaiah 40

Comfort for God’s People

1“Comfort, comfort my people,”
    says your God.
“Speak tenderly to Jerusalem.
Tell her that her sad days are gone
    and her sins are pardoned.
Yes, the Lord has punished her twice over
    for all her sins.”

Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting,
“Clear the way through the wilderness
    for the Lord!
Make a straight highway through the wasteland
    for our God!
Fill in the valleys,
    and level the mountains and hills.
Straighten the curves,
    and smooth out the rough places.
Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
    and all people will see it together.
    The Lord has spoken!”[a]

A voice said, “Shout!”
    I asked, “What should I shout?”

“Shout that people are like the grass.
    Their beauty fades as quickly
    as the flowers in a field.
The grass withers and the flowers fade
    beneath the breath of the Lord.
    And so it is with people.
The grass withers and the flowers fade,
    but the word of our God stands forever.”

O Zion, messenger of good news,
    shout from the mountaintops!
Shout it louder, O Jerusalem.[b]
    Shout, and do not be afraid.
Tell the towns of Judah,
    “Your God is coming!”
10 Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power.
    He will rule with a powerful arm.
    See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.
11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd.
    He will carry the lambs in his arms,
holding them close to his heart.
    He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.

The Lord Has No Equal

12 Who else has held the oceans in his hand?
    Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers?
Who else knows the weight of the earth
    or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?
13 Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord?[c]
    Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him?
14 Has the Lord ever needed anyone’s advice?
    Does he need instruction about what is good?
Did someone teach him what is right
    or show him the path of justice?

15 No, for all the nations of the world
    are but a drop in the bucket.
They are nothing more
    than dust on the scales.
He picks up the whole earth
    as though it were a grain of sand.
16 All the wood in Lebanon’s forests
    and all Lebanon’s animals would not be enough
    to make a burnt offering worthy of our God.
17 The nations of the world are worth nothing to him.
    In his eyes they count for less than nothing—
    mere emptiness and froth.

18 To whom can you compare God?
    What image can you find to resemble him?
19 Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold,
    overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains?
20 Or if people are too poor for that,
    they might at least choose wood that won’t decay
and a skilled craftsman
    to carve an image that won’t fall down!

21 Haven’t you heard? Don’t you understand?
    Are you deaf to the words of God—
the words he gave before the world began?
    Are you so ignorant?
22 God sits above the circle of the earth.
    The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!
He spreads out the heavens like a curtain
    and makes his tent from them.
23 He judges the great people of the world
    and brings them all to nothing.
24 They hardly get started, barely taking root,
    when he blows on them and they wither.
    The wind carries them off like chaff.

25 “To whom will you compare me?
    Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.

26 Look up into the heavens.
    Who created all the stars?
He brings them out like an army, one after another,
    calling each by its name.
Because of his great power and incomparable strength,
    not a single one is missing.
27 O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?
    O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?
28 Have you never heard?
    Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
    No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak
    and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
    and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
    They will walk and not faint.

Notas al pie

  1. 40:3-5 Greek version reads He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, / “Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! / Clear a road for our God! / Fill in the valleys, / and level the mountains and hills. / And then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, / and all people will see the salvation sent from God. / The Lord has spoken!” Compare Matt 3:3; Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4-6.
  2. 40:9 Or O messenger of good news, shout to Zion from the mountaintops! Shout it louder to Jerusalem.
  3. 40:13 Greek version reads Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Compare Rom 11:34; 1 Cor 2:16.

New International Reader's Version

Isaiah 40

God Comforts His People

1“Comfort my people,” says your God.
    “Comfort them.
Speak tenderly to the people of Jerusalem.
    Announce to them
that their hard labor has been completed.
    Tell them that their sin has been paid for.
Tell them the Lord has punished them enough
    for all their sins.”

A messenger is calling out,
“In the desert prepare
    the way for the Lord.
Make a straight road through it
    for our God.
Every valley will be filled in.
    Every mountain and hill will be made level.
The rough ground will be smoothed out.
    The rocky places will be made flat.
Then the glory of the Lord will appear.
    And everyone will see it together.
The Lord has spoken.”

Another messenger says, “Cry out.”
    And I said, “What should I cry?”

“Cry out, ‘All people are like grass.
    They don’t stay faithful to me any longer than wildflowers last.
The grass dries up. The flowers fall to the ground.
    That happens when the Lord makes his wind blow on them.
    So people are just like grass.
The grass dries up. The flowers fall to the ground.
    But what our God says will stand forever.’ ”

Zion, you are bringing good news to your people.
    Go up on a high mountain and announce it.
Jerusalem, you are bringing good news to them.
    Shout the message loudly.
Shout it out loud. Don’t be afraid.
    Say to the towns of Judah,
    “Your God is coming!”
10 The Lord and King is coming with power.
    He rules with a powerful arm.
He has set his people free.
    He is bringing them back as his reward.
    He has won the battle over their enemies.
11 He takes care of his flock like a shepherd.
    He gathers the lambs in his arms.
He carries them close to his heart.
    He gently leads those that have little ones.

12 Who has measured the oceans by using the palm of his hand?
    Who has used the width of his hand to mark off the sky?
Who has measured out the dust of the earth in a basket?
    Who has weighed the mountains on scales?
    Who has weighed the hills in a balance?
13 Who can ever understand the Spirit of the Lord?
    Who can ever give him advice?
14 Did the Lord have to ask anyone to help him understand?
    Did he have to ask someone to teach him the right way?
Who taught him what he knows?
    Who showed him how to understand?

15 The nations are only a drop in a bucket to him.
    He considers them as nothing but dust on the scales.
    He weighs the islands as if they were only fine dust.
16 Lebanon doesn’t have enough trees to keep his altar fires burning.
    It doesn’t have enough animals to sacrifice as burnt offerings to him.
17 To him, all the nations don’t amount to anything.
    He considers them to be worthless.
    In fact, they are less than nothing in his sight.

18 So who will you compare God with?
    Is there any other god like him?
19 Will you compare him with a statue of a god?
    Anyone who works with metal can make a statue.
Then another worker covers it with gold
    and makes silver chains for it.
20 But someone who is too poor to bring that kind of offering
    will choose some wood that won’t rot.
Then they look for a skilled worker.
    They pay the worker to make a statue of a god that won’t fall over.

21 Don’t you know who made everything?
    Haven’t you heard about him?
Hasn’t it been told to you from the beginning?
    Haven’t you understood it ever since the earth was made?
22 God sits on his throne high above the earth.
    Its people look like grasshoppers to him.
He spreads out the heavens like a cover.
    He sets it up like a tent to live in.
23 He takes the power of princes away from them.
    He reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
24 They are planted.
    They are scattered like seeds.
    They put down roots in the ground.
But as soon as that happens, God blows on them and they dry up.
    Then a windstorm sweeps them away like straw.

25 “So who will you compare me with?
    Who is equal to me?” says the Holy One.
26 Look up toward the sky.
    Who created everything you see?
The Lord causes the stars to come out at night one by one.
    He calls out each one of them by name.
His power and strength are great.
    So none of the stars is missing.

27 Family of Jacob, why do you complain,
    “The Lord doesn’t notice our condition”?
People of Israel, why do you say,
    “Our God doesn’t pay any attention to our rightful claims”?
28 Don’t you know who made everything?
    Haven’t you heard about him?
The Lord is the God who lives forever.
    He created everything on earth.
He won’t become worn out or get tired.
    No one will ever know how great his understanding is.
29 He gives strength to those who are tired.
    He gives power to those who are weak.
30 Even young people become worn out and get tired.
    Even the best of them trip and fall.
31 But those who trust in the Lord
    will receive new strength.
They will fly as high as eagles.
    They will run and not get tired.
    They will walk and not grow weak.