File photoRabbi Erick Peretz. ■ Erick Peretz / Contributed Chapter 40 of the book of Isaiah is all about comfort, not in the sense of pleasurable ease that leads to mindless contentment, but rather in the giving of strength to those who are afflicted and weary. Despite the menace of Babylonian captivity and exile, Isaiah foresaw Israel’s future restoration and salvation. God comforted those trusting in Him to persevere despite the seeming defeat: His kingdom will one day be established upon the earth. According to Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait on the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar aloft as with eagles’ wings; when they are running they

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