Isaiah 40:2-12 NLT

2 “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the LORD has punished her twice over for all her sins.”
3 Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness for the LORD ! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!
4 Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places.
5 Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The LORD has spoken!”a

References for Isaiah 40:5

    • 40:5 - Greek version reads He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, / “Prepare the way for the ’s coming! / Clear a road for our God! / Fill in the valleys, / and level the mountains and hills. / And then the glory of the will be revealed, / and all people will see the salvation sent from God. / The has spoken!” Compare Matt 3:3; Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4-6.
      6 A voice said, “Shout!” I asked, “What should I shout?” “Shout that people are like the grass. Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field.
      7 The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the LORD . And so it is with people.
      8 The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”
      9 O Zion, messenger of good news, shout from the mountaintops! Shout it louder, O Jerusalem.b Shout, and do not be afraid. Tell the towns of Judah, “Your God is coming!”

      References for Isaiah 40:9

        • 40:9 - Or O messenger of good news, shout to Zion from the mountaintops! Shout it louder to Jerusalem.
          10 Yes, the Sovereign LORD is coming in power. He will rule with a powerful arm. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.
          11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.
          12 Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?