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Isaiah 40

 
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1 παρακαλεῖτε παρακαλεῖτε τὸν λαόν μου λέγει ὁ θεός 2 ἱερεῖς λαλήσατε εἰς τὴν καρδίαν Ιερουσαλημ παρακαλέσατε αὐτήν ὅτι ἐπλήσθη ἡ ταπείνωσις αὐτῆς λέλυται αὐτῆς ἡ ἁμαρτία ὅτι ἐδέξατο ἐκ χειρὸς κυρίου διπλᾶ τὰ ἁμαρτήματα αὐτῆς 3 φωνὴ βοῶντος ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ ἑτοιμάσατε τὴν ὁδὸν κυρίου εὐθείας ποιεῖτε τὰς τρίβους τοῦ θεοῦ ἡμῶν 4 πᾶσα φάραγξ πληρωθήσεται καὶ πᾶν ὄρος καὶ βουνὸς ταπεινωθήσεται καὶ ἔσται πάντα τὰ σκολιὰ εἰς εὐθεῖαν καὶ ἡ τραχεῖα εἰς πεδία 5 καὶ ὀφθήσεται ἡ δόξα κυρίου καὶ ὄψεται πᾶσα σὰρξ τὸ σωτήριον τοῦ θεοῦ ὅτι κύριος ἐλάλησεν 6 φωνὴ λέγοντος βόησον καὶ εἶπα τί βοήσω πᾶσα σὰρξ χόρτος καὶ πᾶσα δόξα ἀνθρώπου ὡς ἄνθος χόρτου 7 ἐξηράνθη ὁ χόρτος καὶ τὸ ἄνθος ἐξέπεσεν 8 τὸ δὲ ῥῆμα τοῦ θεοῦ ἡμῶν μένει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα 9 ἐ{P'} ὄρος ὑψηλὸν ἀνάβηθι ὁ εὐαγγελιζόμενος Σιων ὕψωσον τῇ ἰσχύι τὴν φωνήν σου ὁ εὐαγγελιζόμενος Ιερουσαλημ ὑψώσατε μὴ φοβεῖσθε εἰπὸν ταῖς πόλεσιν Ιουδα ἰδοὺ ὁ θεὸς ὑμῶν 10 ἰδοὺ κύριος μετὰ ἰσχύος ἔρχεται καὶ ὁ βραχίων μετὰ κυριείας ἰδοὺ ὁ μισθὸς αὐτοῦ με{T'} αὐτοῦ καὶ τὸ ἔργον ἐναντίον αὐτοῦ 11 ὡς ποιμὴν ποιμανεῖ τὸ ποίμνιον αὐτοῦ καὶ τῷ βραχίονι αὐτοῦ συνάξει ἄρνας καὶ ἐν γαστρὶ ἐχούσας παρακαλέσει 1 Take heart again, my people, says your God, take heart again. 2 Speak Jerusalem fair, cry aloud to her that her woes are at an end, her guilt is pardoned; double toll the Lord has taken for all her sins. 3 A cry, there, out in the wilderness, Make way for the Lord’s coming; a straight road for our God through the desert! 4 Bridged every valley must be, every mountain and hill levelled; windings cut straight, and the rough paths paved; 5 the Lord’s glory is to be revealed for all mankind to witness; it is his own decree.[1] 6 A voice came, bidding me cry aloud; asked I in what words, in these: Mortal things are but grass, the glory of them is but grass in flower; 7 grass that withers, a flower that fades, when the Lord’s breath blows upon it. The whole people, what is it but grass? 8 Grass that withers, a flower that fades; but the word of our Lord stands for ever. 9 Good news for Sion, take thy stand, herald, on some high mountain; good news for Jerusalem, proclaim it, herald, aloud; louder still, no cause now for fear;[2] tell the cities of Juda, See, your God comes! 10 See, the Lord God is coming, revealed in power, with his own strong arm for warrant; and see, they come with him, they walk before him, the reward of his labour, the achievement of his task,[3] 11 his own flock! Like a shepherd he tends them, gathers up the lambs and carries them in his bosom, helps the ewes in milk forward on their way. 1

Consolamini, consolamini, popule meus,
dicit Deus vester.
2
Loquimini ad cor Jerusalem,
et advocate eam,
quoniam completa est malitia ejus,
dimissa est iniquitas illius:
suscepit de manu Domini duplicia
pro omnibus peccatis suis.
3
Vox clamantis in deserto:
Parate viam Domini,
rectas facite in solitudine semitas Dei nostri.
4
Omnis vallis exaltabitur,
et omnis mons et collis humiliabitur,
et erunt prava in directa,
et aspera in vias planas:
5
et revelabitur gloria Domini,
et videbit omnis caro pariter
quod os Domini locutum est.
6
Vox dicentis: Clama.
Et dixi: Quid clamabo?
Omnis caro fœnum,
et omnis gloria ejus quasi flos agri.
7
Exsiccatum est fœnum, et cecidit flos,
quia spiritus Domini sufflavit in eo.
Vere fœnum est populus:
8
exsiccatum est fœnum, et cecidit flos;
verbum autem Domini nostri manet in æternum.
9
Super montem excelsum ascende,
tu qui evangelizas Sion;
exalta in fortitudine vocem tuam,
qui evangelizas Jerusalem:
exalta, noli timere.
Dic civitatibus Juda:
Ecce Deus vester:
10
ecce Dominus Deus in fortitudine veniet,
et brachium ejus dominabitur:
ecce merces ejus cum eo,
et opus illius coram illo.
11
Sicut pastor gregem suum pascet,
in brachio suo congregabit agnos,
et in sinu suo levabit;
fœtas ipse portabit.
12 τίς ἐμέτρησεν τῇ χειρὶ τὸ ὕδωρ καὶ τὸν οὐρανὸν σπιθαμῇ καὶ πᾶσαν τὴν γῆν δρακί τίς ἔστησεν τὰ ὄρη σταθμῷ καὶ τὰς νάπας ζυγῷ 12 Who was it measured out the waters in his open hand, heaven balanced on his palm, earth’s mass poised on three of his fingers? Who tried yonder mountains in the scale, weighed out the hills? 12
Quis mensus est pugillo aquas,
et cælos palmo ponderavit?
quis appendit tribus digitis molem terræ,
et liberavit in pondere montes,
et colles in statera?
13 τίς ἔγνω νοῦν κυρίου καὶ τίς αὐτοῦ σύμβουλος ἐγένετο ὃς συμβιβᾷ αὐτόν 14 ἢ πρὸς τίνα συνεβουλεύσατο καὶ συνεβίβασεν αὐτόν ἢ τίς ἔδειξεν αὐτῷ κρίσιν ἢ ὁδὸν συνέσεως τίς ἔδειξεν αὐτῷ 15 εἰ πάντα τὰ ἔθνη ὡς σταγὼν ἀπὸ κάδου καὶ ὡς ῥοπὴ ζυγοῦ ἐλογίσθησαν καὶ ὡς σίελος λογισθήσονται 16 ὁ δὲ Λίβανος οὐχ ἱκανὸς εἰς καῦσιν καὶ πάντα τὰ τετράποδα οὐχ ἱκανὰ εἰς ὁλοκάρπωσιν 17 καὶ πάντα τὰ ἔθνη ὡς οὐδέν εἰσι καὶ εἰς οὐθὲν ἐλογίσθησαν 18 τίνι ὡμοιώσατε κύριον καὶ τίνι ὁμοιώματι ὡμοιώσατε αὐτόν 19 μὴ εἰκόνα ἐποίησεν τέκτων ἢ χρυσοχόος χωνεύσας χρυσίον περιεχρύσωσεν αὐτόν ὁμοίωμα κατεσκεύασεν αὐτόν 20 ξύλον γὰρ ἄσηπτον ἐκλέγεται τέκτων καὶ σοφῶς ζητεῖ πῶς στήσει αὐτοῦ εἰκόνα καὶ ἵνα μὴ σαλεύηται 13 No aid, then, had the spirit of the Lord to help him, no counsellor stood by to admonish him. 14 None other was there, to lend his skill; guide to point out the way, pilot to warn him of danger. 15 What are the nations to him but a drop of water in a bucket, a make-weight on the scales? What are the islands but a handful of dust? 16 His altar-hearth Lebanon itself could not feed, victims could not yield enough for his burnt-sacrifice. 17 All the nations of the world shrink, in his presence, to nothing, emptiness, a very void, beside him. 18 And will you find a likeness for God, set up a form to resemble him? 19 What avails image the metal-worker casts, for goldsmith to line with gold, silversmith plate with silver? 20 What avails yonder wood, hard of fibre, proof against decay; the craftsman’s care, that his statue should stand immovable?[4] 13
Quis adjuvit spiritum Domini?
aut quis consiliarius ejus fuit, et ostendit illi?
14
cum quo iniit consilium, et instruxit eum,
et docuit eum semitam justitiæ,
et erudivit eum scientiam,
et viam prudentiæ ostendit illi?
15
Ecce gentes quasi stilla situlæ,
et quasi momentum stateræ reputatæ sunt;
ecce insulæ quasi pulvis exiguus.
16
Et Libanus non sufficiet ad succendendum,
et animalia ejus non sufficient ad holocaustum.
17
Omnes gentes quasi non sint, sic sunt coram eo,
et quasi nihilum et inane reputatæ sunt ei.
18

Cui ergo similem fecisti Deum?
aut quam imaginem ponetis ei?
19
Numquid sculptile conflavit faber?
aut aurifex auro figuravit illud,
et laminis argenteis argentarius?
20
Forte lignum et imputribile elegit;
artifex sapiens quærit
quomodo statuat simulacrum, quod non moveatur.
21 οὐ γνώσεσθε οὐκ ἀκούσεσθε οὐκ ἀνηγγέλη ἐξ ἀρχῆς ὑμῖν οὐκ ἔγνωτε τὰ θεμέλια τῆς γῆς 22 ὁ κατέχων τὸν γῦρον τῆς γῆς καὶ οἱ ἐνοικοῦντες ἐν αὐτῇ ὡς ἀκρίδες ὁ στήσας ὡς καμάραν τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ διατείνας ὡς σκηνὴν κατοικεῖν 23 ὁ διδοὺς ἄρχοντας εἰς οὐδὲν ἄρχειν τὴν δὲ γῆν ὡς οὐδὲν ἐποίησεν 24 οὐ γὰρ μὴ σπείρωσιν οὐδὲ μὴ φυτεύσωσιν οὐδὲ μὴ ῥιζωθῇ εἰς τὴν γῆν ἡ ῥίζα αὐτῶν ἔπνευσεν ἐ{P'} αὐτοὺς καὶ ἐξηράνθησαν καὶ καταιγὶς ὡς φρύγανα ἀναλήμψεται αὐτούς 25 νῦν οὖν τίνι με ὡμοιώσατε καὶ ὑψωθήσομαι εἶπεν ὁ ἅγιος 26 ἀναβλέψατε εἰς ὕψος τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς ὑμῶν καὶ ἴδετε τίς κατέδειξεν πάντα ταῦτα ὁ ἐκφέρων κατὰ ἀριθμὸν τὸν κόσμον αὐτοῦ πάντας ἐ{P'} ὀνόματι καλέσει ἀπὸ πολλῆς δόξης καὶ ἐν κράτει ἰσχύος οὐδέν σε ἔλαθεν 21 What ignorance is this? Has no rumour reached you, no tradition from the beginning of time, that you should not understand earth’s origin? 22 There is One sits so high above its orb, those who live on it seem tiny as locusts; One who has spread out the heavens like gossamer, as he were pitching a tent to dwell in. 23 The men who can read mysteries, how he confounds them, the men who judge on earth, what empty things he makes of them! 24 Saplings never truly planted, or laid out, or grounded in the soil, see how they wither at his sudden blast, how the storm-wind carries them away like stubble! 25 What likeness, then, can you find to match me with? asks the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes, and look at the heavens; who was it that made them? Who is it that marshals the full muster of their starry host, calling each by its name, not one of them missing from the ranks? Such strength, such vigour, such spirit is his. 21
Numquid non scitis? numquid non audistis?
numquid non annuntiatum est vobis ab initio?
numquid non intellexistis fundamenta terræ?
22
Qui sedet super gyrum terræ,
et habitatores ejus sunt quasi locustæ;
qui extendit velut nihilum cælos,
et expandit eos sicut tabernaculum ad inhabitandum;
23
qui dat secretorum scrutatores quasi non sint,
judices terræ velut inane fecit.
24
Et quidem neque plantatus, neque satus,
neque radicatus in terra truncus eorum;
repente flavit in eos, et aruerunt,
et turbo quasi stipulam auferet eos.
25
Et cui assimilastis me, et adæquastis?
dicit Sanctus.
26
Levate in excelsum oculos vestros, et videte
quis creavit hæc:
qui educit in numero militiam eorum,
et omnes ex nomine vocat;
præ multitudine fortitudinis et roboris, virtutisque ejus,
neque unum reliquum fuit.
27 μὴ γὰρ εἴπῃς Ιακωβ καὶ τί ἐλάλησας Ισραηλ ἀπεκρύβη ἡ ὁδός μου ἀπὸ τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ ὁ θεός μου τὴν κρίσιν ἀφεῖλεν καὶ ἀπέστη 28 καὶ νῦν οὐκ ἔγνως εἰ μὴ ἤκουσας θεὸς αἰώνιος ὁ θεὸς ὁ κατασκευάσας τὰ ἄκρα τῆς γῆς οὐ πεινάσει οὐδὲ κοπιάσει οὐδὲ ἔστιν ἐξεύρεσις τῆς φρονήσεως αὐτοῦ 29 διδοὺς τοῖς πεινῶσιν ἰσχὺν καὶ τοῖς μὴ ὀδυνωμένοις λύπην 30 πεινάσουσιν γὰρ νεώτεροι καὶ κοπιάσουσιν νεανίσκοι καὶ ἐκλεκτοὶ ἀνίσχυες ἔσονται 31 οἱ δὲ ὑπομένοντες τὸν θεὸν ἀλλάξουσιν ἰσχύν πτεροφυήσουσιν ὡς ἀετοί δραμοῦνται καὶ οὐ κοπιάσουσιν βαδιοῦνται καὶ οὐ πεινάσουσιν 27 What, then, is this thought of thine, Jacob, what is this complaint of thine, Israel, that the Lord does not see how it fares with thee, that thy God passes over thy wrongs? 28 What ignorance is this? Has not the rumour of it reached thee? This Lord of ours, who fashioned the remotest bounds of earth, is God eternally; he does not weaken or grow weary; he is wise beyond all our thinking. 29 Rather, it is he who gives the weary fresh spirit, who fosters strength and vigour where strength and vigour is none. 30 Youth itself may weaken, the warrior faint and flag, 31 but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength, like eagles new-fledged; hasten, and never grow weary of hastening, march on, and never weaken on the march. 27
Quare dicis, Jacob,
et loqueris, Israël:
Abscondita est via mea a Domino,
et a Deo meo judicium meum transivit?
28
Numquid nescis, aut non audisti?
Deus sempiternus Dominus,
qui creavit terminos terræ:
non deficiet, neque laborabit,
nec est investigatio sapientiæ ejus.
29
Qui dat lasso virtutem,
et his qui non sunt, fortitudinem et robur multiplicat.
30
Deficient pueri, et laborabunt,
et juvenes in infirmitate cadent;
31
qui autem sperant in Domino mutabunt fortitudinem,
assument pennas sicut aquilæ:
current et non laborabunt,
ambulabunt et non deficient.
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