11 Teach me your way,(A) Lord;
    lead me in a straight path(B)
    because of my oppressors.(C)

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He lifted me out of the slimy pit,(A)
    out of the mud(B) and mire;(C)
he set my feet(D) on a rock(E)
    and gave me a firm place to stand.

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10 Teach me(A) to do your will,
    for you are my God;(B)
may your good Spirit
    lead(C) me on level ground.(D)

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The path of the righteous is level;(A)
    you, the Upright One,(B) make the way of the righteous smooth.(C)

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A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
    the way(A) for the Lord[a];
make straight(B) in the desert
    a highway for our God.[b](C)
Every valley shall be raised up,(D)
    every mountain and hill(E) made low;
the rough ground shall become level,(F)
    the rugged places a plain.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 40:3 Or A voice of one calling in the wilderness: / “Prepare the way for the Lord
  2. Isaiah 40:3 Hebrew; Septuagint make straight the paths of our God

13 I will raise up Cyrus[a](A) in my righteousness:
    I will make all his ways straight.(B)
He will rebuild my city(C)
    and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,(D)
    says the Lord Almighty.”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 45:13 Hebrew him

“What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground.(A) Then he will bring out the capstone(B) to shouts(C) of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’”

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Blessings and Woes(A)

17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon,(B)

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