Christmastime brings performances of Handel’s Messiah, a beautiful oratorio with text from the King James Bible. It includes these verses from the book of Isaiah: “Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it” ( 40:4, 5 ).
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