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And taught him in the path of judgment,
And taught him knowledge,
And shewed to him the way of understanding?
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.
And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn,
Nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
All nations before him are as nothing;
And they are counted to him less than nothing, and
vanity.

To whom then will ye liken God?

Or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

The workman melteth a graven image,

And the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold,

And casteth silver chains.

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.

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?

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:
That bringeth the princes to nothing;
He maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
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.

To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal?

saith the Holy One. 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.

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?

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?

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There is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint;
And to them that have no might he increaseth
strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall:
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.

Keep silence before me, O islands;

And let the people renew their strength:

Let them come near; then let them speak:

Let us come near together to judgment.

Who raised up the righteous man from the east,

Called him to his foot,

Gave the nations before him, and made him rule

over kings? He gave them as the dust to his sword, And as driven stubble to his bow. He pursued them, and passed safely; Even by the way that he had not gone with his feet. Who hath wrought and done it, Calling the generations from the beginning? I the Lord, the first, And with the last; I am he.

The isles saw it, and feared;

The ends of the earth were afraid,

Drew near, and came.

They helped every one his neighbour;

And every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.

So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith,

And he that smootheth with the hammer him that

smote the anvil, Saying, It is ready for the sodering: And he fastened it with nails, that it should not be

moved.

But thou, Israel, art my servant,

Jacob whom I have chosen,

The seed of Abraham my friend.

Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,

And called thee from the chief men thereof,

And said unto thee, Thou art my servant;

I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee:

Be not dismayed; for I am thy God:

I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;

Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my

righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee

shall be ashamed and confounded: They shall be as nothing; and they that strive with

thee shall perish.

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Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee:

They that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.

For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand,

Saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel;

I will help thee, saith the Lord,

And thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth:

Thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small,

And shalt make the hills as chaff.
Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them
away,

And the whirlwind shall scatter them:
And thou shalt rejoice in the Lord,
And shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel.
When the poor and needy seek water, and there is
none,

And their tongue faileth for thirst,

I the Lord will hear them,

I the God of Israel will not forsake them.

I will open rivers in high places,

And fountains in the midst of the valleys:

I will make the wilderness a pool of water,

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