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Isaiah 40:1-9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

God’s People Comforted

40 “Comfort, comfort My people,”
says your God.
“Speak tenderly to[a] Jerusalem,
and announce to her
that her time of forced labor is over,
her iniquity has been pardoned,
and she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.”

A voice of one crying out:

Prepare the way of the Lord in the wilderness;
make a straight highway for our God in the desert.
Every valley will be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill will be leveled;
the uneven ground will become smooth
and the rough places, a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will appear,
and all humanity[b] together will see it,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

A voice was saying, “Cry out!”
Another[c] said, “What should I cry out?”
“All humanity is grass,
and all its goodness is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flowers fade
when the breath[d] of the Lord blows on them;[e]
indeed, the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flowers fade,
but the word of our God remains forever.”

Zion, herald of good news,
go up on a high mountain.
Jerusalem, herald of good news,
raise your voice loudly.
Raise it, do not be afraid!
Say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God!”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 40:2 Lit Speak to the heart of
  2. Isaiah 40:5 Lit flesh
  3. Isaiah 40:6 DSS, LXX, Vg read I
  4. Isaiah 40:7 Or wind, or Spirit
  5. Isaiah 40:7 Lit it

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