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TitleIsaiah 40
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsBible; Isaiah (Book); Isaiah (Prophet); Old Testament

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The Lord’s Message of Comfort to Jerusalem (40:1–8)

The Lord

40 1“Comfort, O comfort My people,”


says your God.

2Speak to the heart of Jerusalem
and call to it,

because its hard service is fulfilled,
because its iniquity is pardoned,
because it has taken from the LORD’s hand, double for all its sins.

3A voice of one calling in the wilderness,

John the Baptist

“Prepare the way of the LORD;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”


4Every valley will be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill will be made low;

the uneven ground will become level,
and the rough places a plain.

5Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
and all flesh will see it together,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

6A voice said,

The Lord

“Call out!”


And I said, “What will I call out?”

The Lord

“All flesh is grass,
and all its loving-kindness like the flower of the field.



7Grass withers,
a flower fades
when the LORD’s Spirit blows upon it.

Surely, the people are grass.
8Grass withers;
a flower fades,
but the word of our God stands forever.”


The Lord Comes Like a Shepherd (40:9–11)


9O Zion, that brings good tidings, go up on a high mountain;
O Jerusalem, that brings good tidings, lift up your voice with power.

O lift up, fear not, say to the cities of Judah,

Zion’s inhabitants

“Behold your God!

10Behold, the Lord, the LORD will come with strength,
and His arm rules for Him.

Behold, His reward is with Him,
and His recompense is before Him.

11Like a shepherd He will tend His flock;
He will gather lambs in His arm,

and He will carry them in His bosom.
He will lead the sucklings.”


Who Is Like Unto the Lord? (40:12–25)


12Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
and marked off the heavens with the width of His hand,
and gauged the dust of the earth in a measure?

And weighed the mountains in the scales
and the hills in a balance?

13Who directs the Spirit of the LORD?
Or what man shows Him his counsel?

14With whom did He counsel? Who made Him understand,
and who taught Him the path of justice,

and taught Him knowledge,
and made Him know the way of understanding?

15Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
and they are regarded as dust on the scales;
behold, He takes up the isles like fine dust.

16And Lebanon is not sufficient for burning,
and its beasts are not sufficient for a burnt offering.

17All nations are as nothing before Him.
They are regarded by Him as nothingness and chaos.

18Then, to whom will you liken God?
Or with what likeness do you compare Him?

19A craftsman casts the idol,
and a smith overlays it with gold and forges chains of silver.

20The poor chooses an offering of wood that will not rot.
He seeks for himself a skilled craftsman to prepare an idol that will not topple.

21Will you not know?
Will you not hear?

Has it not been told to you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

22He who is enthroned above the circle of the earth
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,

who stretches out the heavens like a curtain
and stretches them like a tent to dwell in,

23who brings rulers to nothing.
He makes the judges of the earth as chaos.

24No sooner are they planted,
no sooner are they sown,
no sooner has their stem taken root in the earth,

when He blows upon them and they wither,
and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

The Lord

25“To whom will you liken Me,
that I may be compared?”


says the Holy One.


The Lord Sustains His People with His Power (40:26–31)


26Lift up your eyes on high and see—
Who created these?

He who brings out their hosts by number,
calling them all by name.

Through abundant might and mighty power,
not one is missing.

27Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel?

God’s covenant people

“My way is hidden from the LORD,
and from my God my judgment is passed over?”


28Did you not know?
Did you not hear?

The LORD is the Everlasting God,
Creator of the ends of the earth!

He does not faint;
He is not weary.

His understanding is unsearchable.

29He gives power to the faint,
and to him who lacks might, He increases strength.

30Even youth will grow faint and weary,
and young men will certainly stumble,

31but those who wait for the LORD will renew their strength;
they will go up with wings like eagles,

they will run and not grow weary,
and they will walk and not faint.



Scripture Reference

Isaiah 40:1