Isaiah 40:26

Hebrew Bible

24 Indeed, they are barely planted; yes, they are barely sown; yes, they barely take root in the earth, and then he blows on them, causing them to dry up, and the wind carries them away like straw. 25 “To whom can you compare me? Whom do I resemble?” says the Holy One. 26 Look up at the sky! Who created all these heavenly lights? He is the one who leads out their ranks; he calls them all by name. Because of his absolute power and awesome strength, not one of them is missing. 27 Why do you say, Jacob, Why do you say, Israel, “The Lord is not aware of what is happening to me; my God is not concerned with my vindication”? 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is an eternal God, the Creator of the whole earth. He does not get tired or weary; there is no limit to his wisdom.

Psalm 147:4

Hebrew Bible

2 The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem and gathers the exiles of Israel. 3 He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. 4 He counts the number of the stars; he names all of them. 5 Our Lord is great and has awesome power; there is no limit to his wisdom. 6 The Lord lifts up the oppressed, but knocks the wicked to the ground.

 Notes and References

"... In the Old Testament, the language and imagery describing divine power is extensive and cannot be fully surveyed at this point. It is an important fact that this language and imagery is taken from the spheres of divine warfare and kingship. It is God's mighty arm that shatters the enemies (Exodus 15:6; Psalm 89:10-13; Isaiah 40:10; 48:14; etc.) He is the strong warrior: 'The Lord goes forth like a soldier, like a warrior he stirs up his fury; He cries out, he shouts aloud, he shows himself mighty against his foes' (Isaiah 42:13). Frequently. he is called 'The Lord of hosts' (1 Samuel 1:3-11: 4:4; 15:2; 17:45; Host of Heavens, Yahweh Zebaoth). The epithet of sebaot which occurs more than two hundred times in the Hebrew Bible is frequently translated by the LXX by Hellenistic epithets such as kyrios pantokraror ('Almighty' or 'kurois (ho theos) ton dynamelm', but it can also appear as a new name Sabaoth. While it means 'army', Greek translators transposed it into Greek cosmological concepts. This development was preceded by the universal character of post-Exilic theology, for which the Lord of hosts is the God of the whole eanh' (Isaiah 54:5). His 'army' even includes all powers of heaven and earth (Isaiah 40:12-26: Psalm 93:95-99; 147:4-6; 148:1-4: 1 Chronicles 29:11: 2 Chronicles 20:6; LXX Daniel 3:52-90; etc.). Thus, Hellenistic Judaism of the LXX reinterprets the old warrior god in terms of a cosmic deity in control of all natural and supernatural forces ..."

Toorn, K. van der Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible (p. 268) Eerdmans, 1999

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