A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
    the way(A) for the Lord[a];
make straight(B) in the desert
    a highway for our God.[b](C)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 40:3 Or A voice of one calling in the wilderness: / “Prepare the way for the Lord
  2. Isaiah 40:3 Hebrew; Septuagint make straight the paths of our God

15 “As in the days when you came out of Egypt,
    I will show them my wonders.(A)

16 Nations will see and be ashamed,(B)
    deprived of all their power.
They will put their hands over their mouths(C)
    and their ears will become deaf.
17 They will lick dust(D) like a snake,
    like creatures that crawl on the ground.
They will come trembling(E) out of their dens;
    they will turn in fear(F) to the Lord our God
    and will be afraid of you.

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18 Who is a God(A) like you,
    who pardons sin(B) and forgives(C) the transgression
    of the remnant(D) of his inheritance?(E)
You do not stay angry(F) forever
    but delight to show mercy.(G)
19 You will again have compassion on us;
    you will tread our sins underfoot
    and hurl all our iniquities(H) into the depths of the sea.(I)

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17 “‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.(A)
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,(B)
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.

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19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,(A)
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.

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The Branch of the Lord

In that day(A) the Branch of the Lord(B) will be beautiful(C) and glorious, and the fruit(D) of the land will be the pride and glory(E) of the survivors(F) in Israel.

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25 See to it that you do not refuse(A) him who speaks.(B) If they did not escape when they refused him who warned(C) them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?(D) 26 At that time his voice shook the earth,(E) but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”[a](F) 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken(G)—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,(H) let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,(I) 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”[b](J)

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 12:26 Haggai 2:6
  2. Hebrews 12:29 Deut. 4:24

12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes(A) in me will do the works I have been doing,(B) and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

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