Isaiah 61:2-3; John 16:20; 2 Corinthians 1:7; 2 Corinthians 7:10; Revelation 21:4; James 4:9-10

vto proclaim the year of the Lord's favor,

wand the day of vengeance of our God;

to comfort all who mourn;

to grant to those who mourn in Zion

xto give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,

ythe oil of gladness instead of mourning,

the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;

zthat they may be called oaks of righteousness,

the planting of the Lord, athat he may be glorified.1


20 Truly, truly, I say to you, hyou will weep and lament, but ithe world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but jyour sorrow will turn into joy.


Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you lshare in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.


10 For xgodly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas yworldly grief produces death.


hHe will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and ideath shall be no more, jneither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.


kBe wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 lHumble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.