"Comfort my people," says your God. "Comfort them.
Speak tenderly to the people of Jerusalem. Announce to them that their hard service has been completed. Tell them that their sin has been paid for. Tell them I have punished them enough for all of their sins."
A messenger is calling out, "In the desert prepare the way for the Lord. Make a straight road through it for our God.
Every valley will be filled in. Every mountain and hill will be made level. The rough ground will be smoothed out. The rocky places will be made flat.
Then the glory of the LORD will appear. And everyone will see it. The LORD has spoken."
Another messenger says, "Cry out." And I said, "What should I cry?" "Cry out, 'All people are like grass. They don't last any longer than flowers in the field.
The grass dries up. The flowers fall to the ground. That happens when the LORD makes his wind blow on them. So people are just like grass.