As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness…
Strangely, too, the movements of science, art, and commerce seem to wait on ministerial life. Printing had just been invented in time to give the Bible to the people in the period of the Reformation. The magnetic needle was applied to navigation to send that Bible and its preachers to all lands. The spirit of exploration, which has sought out every island, and is now engaged in revealing the character of Central Africa and the steppes of Asia; the study of all languages; the preparation of grammars and lexicons; the knowledge of the currents of the air and the water, of the powers of steam and electricity — all these are so many voices crying, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord!" They are so many indications that when man will carry God's message all the power of Omnipotence waits on his service.
(M. Simpson, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.