Isn’t mankind consigned to forced labor(A) on earth?
Are not his days like those of a hired hand?

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“Do not mortals have hard service(A) on earth?(B)
    Are not their days like those of hired laborers?(C)

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“Speak tenderly to[a] Jerusalem,
and announce to her
that her time of forced labor is over,
her iniquity(A) has been pardoned,(B)
and she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.”(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 40:2 Lit Speak to the heart of

Speak tenderly(A) to Jerusalem,
    and proclaim to her
that her hard service(B) has been completed,(C)
    that her sin has been paid for,(D)
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
    double(E) for all her sins.

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