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First the prophet speaks tenderly of the forgiveness of sin, then he urges the people to make straight their way.

BibleGateway: Isaiah 40:1-11

ESV Text: Isaiah 40:1-11

KJV Text:

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     1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. 2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

     3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: 5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. 6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: 7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. 8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

     9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! 10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. 11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 69:
Arise, Sons of the Kingdom

— Organ Audio

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1. Arise, sons of the Kingdom! 
The King is drawing nigh; 
Arise and hail with gladness 
The Ruler from on high. 
Ye Christians, hasten forth! 
Your praise and homage bring Him 
And glad hosannas sing Him; 
Naught else your love is worth. 

2. Arise, ye drooping mourners! 
The King is very near; 
Away with grief and sorrow! 
For, lo, your Help is here. 
Behold, in many a place – 
Oh, blessed consolation! – 
You find Him, your Salvation, 
Within His means of grace. 

3. Arise, ye much afflicted! 
The King is not afar. 
Rejoice, ye long dejected, 
Behold the Morning Star! 
The Lord will give you joy; 
Though troubles now distress you, 
With comfort He will bless you, 
E’en death will He destroy. 

4. Arise, ye poor and needy! 
The King provides for you; 
He comes with succor speedy, 
With mercy ever new. 
Receive your gracious King, 
The Giver of all blessing, 
Hail Him, His name confessing, 
And glad hosannas sing. 

5. Be righteous, ye his subjects, 
The King is just and true; 
Prepare for Him a highway, 
Make all things straight and new. 
For, lo, He means it well; 
Then willing bear the crosses 
That He Himself imposes, 
Nor let your courage fail. 

6. Oh, rich the gifts Thou bringest, 
Thyself made poor and weak! 
O Love beyond expression, 
That thus can sinners seek! 
For this, O Lord, will we 
Our joyous tribute bring Thee 
And glad hosannas sing Thee 
And ever grateful be.