Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult
with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem!
The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned
away your enemies. The king of Israel, the LORD, is in your
midst; you shall fear disaster no more.
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion;
do not let your hands grow weak.
The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives
victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew
you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing
as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so
that you will not bear reproach for it.
I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will
save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their
shame into praise and renown in all the earth.
At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather
you; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the
peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your
eyes, says the LORD.
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be
afraid, for the LORD GOD is my strength and my might; he has
become my salvation.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the LORD, call on
his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that
his name is exalted.
Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this
be known in all the earth.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your
midst is the Holy One of Israel.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will
guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him,
"You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath
Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to
yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I tell you,
God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree
therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown
into the fire."
And the crowds asked him, "What then should we do?"
In reply he said to them, "Whoever has two coats must share
with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do
Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him,
"Teacher, what should we do?"
He said to them, "Collect no more than the amount
prescribed for you."
Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what should we do?"
He said to them, "Do not extort money from anyone by
threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your
As the people were filled with expectation, and all were
questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be
John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with
water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not
worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you
with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor
and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will
burn with unquenchable fire."
So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to