1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down,
yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required
of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
4 How shall we sing the Lord's
song in a strange land?
I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if
I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who
said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou
hast served us.
shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.
1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your
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.
valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough
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.
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?
hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor
hath taught him?
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?
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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:
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.