Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her
that her warfare is ended,
that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has recieved from the Lord's hand
double for all her sins.
A voice cries: "In the wilderness prepare the way for 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 tough places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken."
A voice says,"Cry!"
And I said," What shall I cry?"
All flesh is grass, and all beauty is like the flower of the field,
The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;