9 I will listen to what the Lord God may be saying to me. For he will speak peace to his people, and to his saints, and to those who are being converted to the heart.
10 So then, truly his salvation is near to those who fear him, so that glory may inhabit our land.
11 Mercy and truth have met each other. Justice and peace have kissed.
12 Truth has risen from the earth, and justice has gazed down from heaven.
13 For so will the Lord give goodness, and our earth will give her fruit.
14 Justice will walk before him, and he will set his steps upon the way.
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
1 "Be consoled, be consoled, O my people!" says your God.
2 Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, and call out to her! For her malice has reached its end. Her iniquity has been forgiven. She has received double for all her sins from the hand of the Lord.
3 The voice of one crying out in the desert: "Prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight the paths of our God, in a solitary place.
4 Every valley will be exalted, and every mountain and hill will be brought low. And the crooked will be straightened, and the uneven will become level ways.
5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed. And all flesh together will see that the mouth of the Lord has spoken."
9 You who evangelize Zion, climb a high mountain! You who evangelize Jerusalem, lift up your voice with strength! Lift it up! Do not be afraid! Say to the cities of Judah: "Behold, your God!"
10 Behold, the Lord God will arrive in strength, and his arm will rule. Behold, his reward is with him, and his work is before him.
11 He will pasture his flock like a shepherd. He will gather together the lambs with his arm, and he will lift them up to his bosom, and he himself will carry the very young.
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