Isaiah 40:12

“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?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand? and meted out heauen with the spanne, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountaines in scales, and the hilles in a balance?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, And marked off the heavens by the span, And calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, And weighed the mountains in a balance And the hills in a pair of scales?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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?
- American Standard Version (1901)

In the hollow of whose hand have the waters been measured? and who is able to take the heavens in his stretched-out fingers? who has got together the dust of the earth in a measure? who has taken the weight of the mountains, or put the hills into the scales?
- Basic English Bible

Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out the heavens with [his] span, and grasped the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in a balance, and the hills in scales?
- Darby Bible

Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and measured 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?
- Webster's Bible

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and marked off the sky with his span, and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
- World English Bible

Who hath measured in the hollow of his hand the waters? And the heavens by a span hath meted out, And comprehended in a measure the dust of the earth, And hath weighed in scales the mountains, And the hills in a balance?
- Youngs Literal Bible

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?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 40:12


40:12 Who hath - Who can do this but God? And this discourse of God's infinite power and wisdom, is added to give them the greater assurance, that God was able to do the wonderful things, he had promised.


Discussion for Isaiah 40

  • Madi
    Joshua McAdow ..Thank you for obeying the Holy Ghost. I've been struggling with doing what's expected of me by my husband and being obedient to church standards and judgement that we attend, that I have come to a hault in Spiritual growth. I awoke this morning with sadness but after letting the Lord speak to my heart he directed me to Isaiah 40:31 and your comment. Thank you, Lord Bless you :)
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    I am encouraged as I wait upon the Lord today that "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."
  • Helen
    Isaiah 40:31 has been a lifter to my soul. In one of my deepest despair this Scripture gave me
    peace and comfort for what I was going through. It gave me strength.
  • Joshua McAdow
    During the reading of God's Word something was brought to my attention that Jesus might be trying to tell someone right now. We are all going to fall in love with something beautiful in this life. That thing or person or concept will not last very long even in this life our time is short. But one thing is for sure God's Word will stay with us forever. If we invest in the temporary we will only gain temporary rewards. But there is opportunity to invest in something eternal. We ought to pick one thing today that we know is eternal like the sharing of God's Word even at the expense of something we else might do. Amen.
  • Steve morrow
    1 PETER 1:23 BEING BORN AGAIN NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED BUT OF INCORRUPTIBLE BY THE WORD OF GOD WHICH LIVETH AND ABIDETH FOREVER --- 1:24 --- FOR ALL FLESH IS AS GRASS AND ALL THE GLORY OF MAN --AS THE FLOWER OF GRASS-- THE GRASS WITHERETH AND THE FLOWER THEREOF FALLETH AWAY --- 1:25 --- BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURETH FOREVER AND THIS IS THE WORD WHICH BY THE GOSPEL IS PREACHED UNTO YOU --- 1 CORINTHIANS 3:13 --- EVERY MANS WORK SHALL BE MADE MANIFEST FOR THE DAY SHALL DECLARE IT BECAUSE IT SHALL BE REVEALED BY FIRE AND THE FIRE SHALL TRY EVERY MANS WORK OF WHAT SORT IT IS --- 3:14 --- IF ANY MANS WORK ABIDE WHICH HE HATH BUILT THEREUPON HE SHALL RECEIVE A REWARD --- PSALM 127:1 --- EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE THEY LABOR IN VAIN THAT BUILD IT EXCEPT THE LORD KEEP THE CITY THE WATCHMAN WAKETH BUT IN VAIN
  • BSP
    Verse 8: Some have tried to destroy God's Word throughout the centuries, but this verse shows that God's Word endures forever.

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