Isaiah 40:2; Isaiah 54:7-8; Zechariah 9:12

aSpeak tenderly to Jerusalem,

and cry to her

that bher warfare1 is ended,

that her iniquity is pardoned,

that she has received from the Lord's hand

double for all her sins.


rFor a brief moment I deserted you,

but with great compassion I will gather you.

rIn overflowing anger for a moment

I hid my face from you,

sbut with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,

says the Lord, your Redeemer.


12  Return to your stronghold, O kprisoners of hope;

today I declare that lI will restore to you double.