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1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. 2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD's hand double for all her sins. 3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: 5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. 6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: 7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. 8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. 9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! 10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. 11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. 12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? 13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him? 14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding? 15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. 16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. 17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. 18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? 19 The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains. 20 He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved. 21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: 23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. 24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble. 25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. 27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? 28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

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1 Deena E = "Hi Angela,I wouldn't call God's punishment odd. Many scholars and theologians believe that Isaiah's prophetic ministry took place during the pre-exilic era (740-680 BC) when Israel was battling back and forth with Assyria. King Uzziah of Judah (see-Isaiah 6:1) had just passed when Isaiah was commissioned of the Lord. Manasseh's reign (686-642 BC) is what brought God's wrath upon Israel and Judah. In 2 Kings 21, we read about how Manasseh rebuilt all of the altars his father, King Hezekiah, destroyed; there he sacrificed children to foreign gods and seduced and led everyone else in Israel and Judah to do these things too. In Jeremiah 15:3-4, a reference to Manasseh's [son of Hezekiah] wickedness being the cause of God's wrath during the exile. After reading the whole story, I would call His punishment just. Thank God for Jesus!"
2 angela h = "God sends Isaiah to comfort His people. He indicates that they have been punished enough for their sins. It isn't odd that God punished Israel and Judah. We are told in Hebrews 12:5-12 that we should consider the chastening of the Lord as an act of  love. "
3 Enakshi Ganguly = "Student's Guide"
4 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Enemies had ruined *Jerusalem 70 years earlier. But now the people will be able to build it again (see Isaiah 44:28).·  The final words of this verse may seem to mean ‘double punishment’. However, this would be neither ‘comfort’ (verse 1) nor *justice (see Genesis 18:25).·  The word ‘double’ has two meanings (in the original language, as well as in English). ‘Double’ can mean ‘twice as much’, as in ‘double punishment’. But ‘double’ can also mean to ‘fold in two’ (see Exodus 26:9). For example, if I fold a piece of paper in two, I double it. Isaiah is using this second meaning here.·  The verse refers to an ancient custom. If poor people were quite unable to pay a debt, they could become slaves (see 2 Kings 4:1). There were no national funds to help them. But there was one thing that a poor person could do. He could fix the final demand (bill) for the money in a public place. He hoped that some generous rich person would fold the demand in two. That is, that he would double it. Then he signed his name on the back of the demand (like a modern cheque). That meant that he would kindly pay the poor man’s debt. And everybody knew it.·  So God forgives his people because of his great kindness. They could not earn their freedom by their hard labour. But God himself acts to rescue them"Source: http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/isaiah40-48-lbw-nh.htm"
5 angela h = "This prophecy is of John the Baptist. John appears on the scene just before Jesus begins His public ministry and tells the people to repent of their sins. He also tells them the Messiah or Christ is coming. See Luke 3:4-6."
6 Deena E = "A fulfillment of this is found in Mark 1:3 and John 1:23 referring to John the Baptist."
7 Sara Di Diego = "The voice has to be a prophecy of John the Baptist, since he often lived in the wilderness and talked about Jesus right before Jesus started gathering his disciples.Work Cited:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/isaiah/40.html"
8 Deena E = "This reads as though all creation postures itself to praise and glorify Christ, expressing due homage."
9 angela h = "We are reminded that this life is very short and that we should really focus on our eternity. See James 1:10-11; Job 14:2. and Psalm 102:11.Read John 1:1-2;14. Here Jesus is called the Word. He is eternal. God promises in Isaiah 55:11 that His word will not come back to Him empty; that His Word will accomplish the work set forth for Him. Jesus came accomplished His work on earth (dying on the cross for our sins and rising again). He is now sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven. See Romans 8:34."
10 Cary W = "We are first called grass, that withers, and we all know flowers do fade, but the hope is that all that is created by His word, stands forever.  This is a promise that we will not perish like grass and flowers, for His Word said we are made in His own image and likeness and when we learn to speak and think only with God, as His very own mouth, then our words stand forever as well."
11 Deena E = ""The word of our God shall stand forever"I find it intriguing how long words stick with us. Words (good and bad) out live us. Stories are passed down from generation to generation to generation and kept alive. It is God's word that stands forever. In Acts 5:34-39 the leaders of the religious council were trying to stop the Gospel from proceeding forward by persecuting the earliest followers of Christ (led by the Apostle Peter), but one Pharisee named Gamaliel stood up reasoning with the council  and persuaded them to leave them be. {Acts 5:38-39 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.} Here we are, a couple thousand years later."
12 angela h = "This is prophecy of  the birth of Jesus. Jesus is God incarnate. See John 1:1-2;14 and Luke 2:9-12."
13 Cary W = "Here we are encouraged to stand with God and abide in His mighty presence that His glory may be revealed to all flesh, or all that is in creation.  It indeed takes courage to make our daily stand with Him, yet we are actually commanded to lift up our voice with strength, be not afraid, but boldly declare - Behold your God!"
14 angela h = "Jesus' reward and work are one and the same....He gives His life as a ransom for all of mankind so that we can come to the Father."
15 angela h = "In scripture believers are continually referred to as sheep while Jesus is our Shepherd. Sheep require a shepherd because they are not the brightest animals.They constantly get themselves into trouble. The shepherd has quite a job looking after them. Believers are always getting off track in our spiritual walk. We need The Shepherd to gently guide us in the right paths. See Psalm 23"
16 angela h = "These verses are very similar to Job chapters 38-41.  Job demands an answer from God for his affliction. God answers Job with more than 70 questions. The point of all of this is to say that God is the Almighty Creator and we are the creation. "
17 Enakshi Ganguly = "Children's Bible Lesson"
18 angela h = "God is righteous and we are not. God is worthy and we are not. Apart from God we are inadequate and hopeless."
19 angela h = "These verses describe making and worshiping of idols. Human beings are born with a void in their hearts. We often try to fill that void with things (idols)....money, alcohol, drugs, promiscuity, family, work, even religion. The problem is that only Jesus will fill that void."
20 angela h = "The majesty of God should put us in awe. Not only did He create all things, He gave us free will. However, we read here that if we are against His will, He will stop us."
21 angela h = "God is worthy of our worship and praise. There is none like Him."
22 angela h = "We hide nothing from God; not even our thoughts. God never sleeps and we cannot ever attain to His knowledge and wisdom. See Psalm 139"
23 Enakshi Ganguly = "Study Guide and Activities"
24 angela h = "We are nothing aside from God. We cannot stand in our own strength. If we trust in the Lord, He will sustain us."
25 Cary W = "Oh what encouragement for our faintness and weakness of heart; if we but wait upon Him, not only will He Himself renew our strength, but even make us fly like eagles and run without weariness or fainting.When we consider the work of God in His people and in His Christ, we see that God takes great pleasure in helping those of us without outward means or power.  He delights in helping all who are weak, ill or faint of heart.  "
26 Enakshi Ganguly = "Bible Club Lesson"
27 Enakshi Ganguly = "High School Sunday School "
28 Shawn Bose = "President Obama ended his monumental speech on the 50th Anniversary of the March at Selma with this verse from Isaiah.Very powerful. It is still the voices of our religious scripture that we can call on today to help us in our lives and to work together towards a better future as a people."
29 Sarah Mangum = "Top 10 Christian Verses for Those Starting New Ventures"