We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
40:21 Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
40:22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in;
40:23 who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.
40:24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
40:25 To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One.
40:26 Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing.
40:27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God"?
40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
40:29 He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.
40:30 Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted;
40:31 but those who wait for the LORD 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.
Again - your lectionary arbitrarily truncates the chapter. We read all of this chapter on the week after the Fast of Av - which marks the destruction of the Temple in midsummer. This is the first in a series of seven prophecies of comfort and redemption that lead up to the Jewish New Year.
21 - no "from" in the original - have you not understood the foundations of the earth?
22 - no "it is" - as in my previous comments, the Hebrew original is always more direct that flowery English translations:
He (who) sits on the earth's compass,
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
He stretches the heavens like a veil (literally, "thin/fine thing")
And draws them tight like a tent, to dwell.
"To dwell" comes from the same root as the word "sabbath" - implying G-d's indwelling-yet-transcendent presence in this world.
23. "Naught" is "chaos" or formlessness.
27. This starts another passage, read on another week.
31. "Mount up with wings..." the analogy is aided by the use of a word that can mean both human "limbs" and also "wings."