Isaiah 40:1-7 NIV

Comfort for God's People

1 Comfort, comfort1 my people, says your God.

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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.

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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

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    • a 40:3 - Or "A voice of one calling in the desert: / "Prepare the way for the LORD"
    • b 40:3 - Hebrew; Septuagint "make straight the paths of our God"
      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.

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      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

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      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.

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      7 The grass withers17 and the flowers fall, because the breath18 of the LORD blows19 on them. Surely the people are grass.

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