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Isa. 40:1-26, 49:14-51:3, 54:11-55:5, 51:12-53:12, 52: 13-54:10, 60:1-22, 61:10-63:9.
40:1 “Comfort, comfort My people!” says Eloheichem.
40:2 “Speak to the heart of Yerushalayim, and cry out to her, that her hard service is completed, that her crookedness is pardoned, that she has received from the hand of YHVH (יהוה) double for all her sins.”
40:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of YHVH (יהוה); make straight in the desert a highway for Eloheinu.
40:4 Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth;
40:5 And the glory of YHVH (יהוה) shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of YHVH (יהוה) has spoken."
The Word of HaShem Stands Forever
40:6 The voice said, “Cry out!” and he said, “What do I cry?” “All flesh is grass, and all its loving-commitment is like the flower of the field.
40:7 The grass withers, the flower fades, Because Ruach of YHVH (יהוה) blows upon it; Surely the people are grass.
40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of Eloheinu will stand forever.
40:9 You who bring good news to Tziyon, get up into the high mountain. You who bring good news to Yerushalayim, lift up your voice with strength, lift it up, be not afraid. Say to the cities of Yehudah, “See Eloheichem!”
40:10 See, Adonay (אדני) YHVH (יהוה) comes with strength, and His arm rules for Him. See, His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him.
40:11 He feeds His flock like a shepherd, He gathers the lambs with His arm, and carries them in His bosom, gently leading those who are with young.
40:12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and measured the heavens with a span, and contained the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?
40:13 Who has measured Ruach of YHVH (יהוה), or what man shows him his counsel?
40:14 With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of justice? Who taught Him knowledge, and showed Him the way of understanding?
40:15 Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, And are counted as the small dust on the scales; Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing.
40:16 And Levanon is not sufficient to burn, Nor its beasts sufficient for a Olah (burnt offering).
40:17All nations before Him are as nothing, And they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless.
40:18 To whom then will you liken EL (אל)? Or what likeness will you compare to Him?
40:19 The workman moulds a graven image, and the goldsmith overspreads it with gold, and the silversmith casts silver chains.
40:20 One too poor for such an offering chooses wood that will not rot. He looks for a skilled craftsman to prepare him an idol that will not totter.
40:21 Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
40:22 He sits above the circle of the earth—its inhabitants are like grasshoppers—He stretches out the skies like a curtain, spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
40:23 He brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth emptiness (tohu).
40:24 Scarcely shall they be planted, Scarcely shall they be sown, Scarcely shall their stock take root in the earth, When He will also blow on them, And they will wither, And the whirlwind will take them away like stubble.
40:25 "To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?" says the Set-Apart One.
40:26 Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.
Haftarah Yeshayahu 40:27-41:16;
40:27 Why do you say, O Yaakov, and assert, O Yisrael, "My way is hidden from YHVH (יהוה), And the justice due me escapes the notice of Elohai"?
40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? YHVH (יהוה) is the everlasting Elohim, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
40:29 He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.
40:30 Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly,
40:31 But those who wait on YHVH (יהוה) Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
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Parashah 45 is the beginning of 7th Shabbot of Consolation (comforting)
Shabbat Nachamu / שבת נחמו
Shabbat Nachamu ("Sabbath of comforting) takes its name from the haftarah from Isaiah in the Sefer Yeshayahu 40:1-26 that speaks of "comforting" the Jewish people for their suffering. It the first of seven haftarahs of consolation leading up to the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.