Isaiah 40:1-5 (NRSV)
1 Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.
2 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.
3 A voice cries
out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make
straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 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.
5 Then the glory
of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’