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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Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?

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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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Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins.

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