Comfort for God's People

Isaiah 40

1 "Comfort, yes, comfort My people!"
Says your God.
2 "Speak 1 comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her,
That her warfare is ended,
That her iniquity is pardoned;
a For she has received from the LORD's hand
Double for all her sins."

3 b The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
c "Prepare the way of the LORD;
d Make straight 2 in the desert
A highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted
And every mountain and hill brought low;
e The crooked places shall be made 3 straight
And the rough places smooth;
5 The f glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
And all flesh shall see it together;
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 61:7
    Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.
  2. Cross References
    Matthew 3:3
    For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ' Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.'
    Mark 1:3
    "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ' Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.'"
    Luke 3:4 - 6
    As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.
    John 1:23
    He said: "I am 'The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Make straight the way of the LORD," ' as the prophet Isaiah said.
  3. Cross References
    Malachi 3:1
    Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming," Says the LORD of hosts.
    Malachi 4:5
    Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
    Malachi 4:6
    And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 68:4
    Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him.
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 45:2
    I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron.
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 35:2
    It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, Even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, The excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, The excellency of our God.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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