Wednesday, September 27, 2006

"Did You Know...?"

"Did You Know...?"

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
or weighed the mountains on the scales
and the hills in a balance?

Who has understood the mind of the LORD,
or who instructed him as his counselor?

Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him,
and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge
or showed him the path of understanding?

Surley the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
they are regarded as dust on the scales;
he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust...

Before him all the nations are as nothing;
they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.

To whom, then will you compare God?
What image will you compare him to?

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the world was founded?

He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in...

"To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.

Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing...

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary
and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

(Excerpts from the New International Version of the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 40, originally written around 680 B.C.
and can also be seen at
Thanks to Liane V. for sharing with us.)

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