40:1 Comfort, O comfort
my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served
her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the
Lord's hand double for all her sins.
A voice cries out: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the
LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be
made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough
places a plain.
Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall
see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."
A voice says, "Cry out!" And I said, "What shall I
cry?" All people are grass, their constancy is like the
flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD
blows upon it; surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will
Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good
tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah,
"Here is your God!"
See, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his
reward is with him, and his recompense before him.
He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs
in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the
85:1 LORD, you were
favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their
Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace
to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their
Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his
glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace
will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness
will look down from the sky.
The LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its
Righteousness will go before him, and will makea path for his
3:8 But do not ignore
this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a
thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.
The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness,
but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to
come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the
heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be
dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on
it will be disclosed.
Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort
of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and
waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of
which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the
elements will melt with fire?
But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a
new earth, where righteousness is at home.
Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive
to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish;
and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our
beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given
1:1 The beginning of
the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, "See, I am sending my
messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way;
the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of
the Lord, make his paths straight,'"
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of
Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the
river Jordan, confessing their sins.
Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around
his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
He proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming
after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his
I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the