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Isaiah 40:15-18

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40:15 Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket;

they are regarded as dust on the scales.

He lifts 1  the coastlands 2  as if they were dust.

40:16 Not even Lebanon could supply enough firewood for a sacrifice; 3 

its wild animals would not provide enough burnt offerings. 4 

40:17 All the nations are insignificant before him;

they are regarded as absolutely nothing. 5 

40:18 To whom can you compare God?

To what image can you liken him?

1 tn Or “weighs” (NIV); NLT “picks up.”

2 tn Or “islands” (NASB, NIV, NLT).

3 tn The words “for a sacrifice” are supplied in the translation for clarification.

4 sn The point is that not even the Lebanon forest could supply enough wood and animals for an adequate sacrifice to the Lord.

5 tn Heb “[as derived] from nothing and unformed.”



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