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Isaiah 40:1-11 (New International Version)

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Comfort for God's People

1 Comfort, comfort1 my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly2 to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service3 has been completed,4 that her sin has been paid for,5 that she has received from the LORD's hand double6 for all her sins. 3 A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way7 for the LORD a; make straight8 in the wilderness a highway for our God.b9 4 Every valley shall be raised up,10 every mountain and hill11 made low; the rough ground shall become level,12 the rugged places a plain. 5 And the glory13 of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it.14 For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."15 6 A voice says, "Cry out." And I said, "What shall I cry?" "All men are like grass,16 and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. 7 The grass withers17 and the flowers fall, because the breath18 of the LORD blows19 on them. Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers and the flowers20 fall, but the word21 of our God stands22 forever.23" 9 You who bring good tidings24 to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem,c25 lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!"26 10 See, the Sovereign LORD comes27 with power,28 and his arm29 rules30 for him. See, his reward31 is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. 11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:32 He gathers the lambs in his arms33 and carries them close to his heart;34 he gently leads35 those that have young.36
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