40 “Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God. 2 “Speak [a]kindly to Jerusalem; And call out to her, that her [b]warfare has ended, That her [c]iniquity has been removed, That she has received of the Lord’s hand Double for all her sins.”
3 A voice [d]is calling, “Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. 4 “Let every valley be lifted up, And every mountain and hill be made low; And let the rough ground become a plain, And the rugged terrain a broad valley; 5 [e]Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, And all flesh will see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” 6 A voice says, “Call out.” Then [f]he answered, “What shall I call out?” All flesh is grass, and all its [g]loveliness is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades, [h]When the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.
9 Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news, Lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news; Lift it up, do not fear. Say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!” 10 Behold, the Lord [i]God will come with might, With His arm ruling for Him. Behold, His reward is with Him And His recompense before Him. 11 Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.
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