Comfort, comfort1 my people, says your God.
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.
A voice of one calling: "In the wilderness prepare the way7 for the LORDa; make straight8 in the desert a highway for our God.b94
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.
And the glory13 of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together.14 For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."156
A voice says, "Cry out." And I said, "What shall I cry?" "All people are like grass,16 and all human faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.