says your God.
and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.
“In the wilderness prepare
the way for the Lord;
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
Surely the people are grass.
but the word of our God endures forever.”
go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem,
lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
say to the towns of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.