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3 (A)A voice cries:[a]
(B)“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
(C)make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 (D)Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
5 (E)And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
(F)for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
The Word of God Stands Forever
6 A voice says, “Cry!”
And I said,[b] “What shall I cry?”
(G)All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty[c] is like the flower of the field.
7 The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
8 (H)The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.
The Greatness of God
9 Go on up to a high mountain,
O Zion, (I)herald of good news;[d]
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good news;[e]
lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Behold your God!”
10 (J)Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
(K)behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
11 (L)He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
(M)he will gather the lambs in his arms;
(N)he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.