[Isa 40:1-2, 9 NLT]  "Comfort, comfort my people," says your God. [2a] "Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned… O Zion, messenger of good news, shout from the mountaintops! Shout it louder, O Jerusalem. Shout, and do not be afraid. Tell the towns of Judah, "Your God is coming!"