Isaiah 40:1-8 MSG

1 "Comfort, oh comfort my people," says your God.
2 "Speak softly and tenderly to Jerusalem, but also make it very clear That she has served her sentence, that her sin is taken care of - forgiven! She's been punished enough and more than enough, and now it's over and done with."
3 Thunder in the desert! "Prepare for God's arrival! Make the road straight and smooth, a highway fit for our God.
4 Fill in the valleys, level off the hills, Smooth out the ruts, clear out the rocks.
5 Then God's bright glory will shine and everyone will see it. Yes. Just as God has said."
6 A voice says, "Shout!" I said, "What shall I shout?" "These people are nothing but grass, their love fragile as wildflowers.
7 The grass withers, the wildflowers fade, if God so much as puffs on them. Aren't these people just so much grass?
8 True, the grass withers and the wildflowers fade, but our God's Word stands firm and forever."