THE GOD WHO COMFORTS
Min: Comfort, yes, comfort My people! says your God.
Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins.
Min: The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; the crooked places shall be made straight, and the rough places smooth.
Min: The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
The voice said, Cry out! and he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
Min: The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.
Min: O Zion, you who bring good tidings, get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, you who bring good tidings, lift up your voice with strength.
Lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
Min: Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.
He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.
Min: He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall,
Min: But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.