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The glory of the LORD is revealed in Christ, who comforts us, shepherds us, and lifts us up forever.

BibleGateway: Isaiah 40:1-11

ESV Text: Isaiah 40:1-11

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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 61:
Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People

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1. Comfort, comfort, ye My people, 
Speak ye peace, thus saith our God; 
Comfort those who sit in darkness, 
Mourning ‘neath their sorrows’ load. 
Speak ye to Jerusalem 
Of the peace that waits for them; 
Tell her that her sins I cover 
And her warfare now is over. 

2. Yea, her sins our God will pardon, 
Blotting out each dark misdeed; 
All that well deserved His anger 
He no more will see or heed. 
She hath suffered many a day, 
Now her griefs have passed away; 
God will change her pining sadness 
Into ever-springing gladness. 

3. Hark, the Herald’s voice is crying 
In the desert far and near, 
Bidding all men to repentance 
Since the Kingdom now is here. 
Oh, that warning cry obey! 
Now prepare for God a way; 
Let the valleys rise to meet Him 
And the hills bow down to greet Him. 

4. Make ye straight what long was crooked, 
Make the rougher places plain; 
Let your hearts be true and humble, 
As befits His holy reign. 
For the glory of the Lord 
Now o’er earth is shed abroad, 
And all flesh shall see the token 
That His Word is never broken.