3 A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
the way(A) for the Lord[a];
make straight(B) in the desert
a highway for our God.[b](C)
4 Every valley shall be raised up,(D)
every mountain and hill(E) made low;
the rough ground shall become level,(F)
the rugged places a plain.
5 And the glory(G) of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.(H)
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”(I)
6 A voice says, “Cry out.”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
“All people are like grass,(J)
and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
7 The grass withers(K) and the flowers fall,
because the breath(L) of the Lord blows(M) on them.
Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers and the flowers(N) fall,
but the word(O) of our God endures(P) forever.(Q)”
9 You who bring good news(R) to Zion,
go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem,[c](S)
lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
say to the towns of Judah,
“Here is your God!”(T)
10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes(U) with power,(V)
and he rules(W) with a mighty arm.(X)
See, his reward(Y) is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:(Z)
He gathers the lambs in his arms(AA)
and carries them close to his heart;(AB)
he gently leads(AC) those that have young.(AD)