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40 Revised Standard Version Passage

1Comfort, comfort my people,
says your God.
ISAIAH 2. (The Exile). Words of hope. Is.40.1-11 549bce (Babylon)
2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her that her warfare Or: time of service is ended,
that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the LORD's hand
double for all her sins.
 
3A voice cries:
"In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
 
4Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
 
5And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."
 
6A voice says, "Cry!"
And I said, "What shall I cry?"
All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
 
7The grass withers, the flower fades,
when the breath of the LORD blows upon it;
surely the people is grass.
 
8The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our God will stand for ever.
 
9Get you up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good tidings; Or: O herald of good tidings to Zion
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, Or: O herald of good tidings to Jerusalem
lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
"Behold your God!"
 
10Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
 
11He will feed his flock like a shepherd,
he will gather the lambs in his arms,
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.
 

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