35 The deserth and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.i
Like the crocus,j 2 it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.k
The glory of Lebanonl will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmelm and Sharon;n
they will see the gloryo of the Lord,
the splendor of our God.p
3 Strengthen the feeble hands,
steady the kneesq that give way;
4 sayr to those with fearful hearts,s
“Be strong, do not fear;t
your God will come,u
he will come with vengeance;v
with divine retribution
he will come to savew you.”
5 Then will the eyes of the blind be openedx
and the ears of the deafy unstopped.
6 Then will the lamez leap like a deer,a
and the mute tongueb shout for joy.c
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
and streamsd in the desert.
7 The burning sand will become a pool,
the thirsty grounde bubbling springs.f
In the haunts where jackalsg once lay,
grass and reedsh and papyrus will grow.
8 And a highwayi will be there;
it will be called the Way of Holiness;j
it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The uncleank will not journey on it;
wicked fools will not go about on it.
9 No lionl will be there,
nor any ravenous beast;m
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemedn will walk there,
10 and those the Lord has rescuedo will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;p
everlasting joyq will crown their heads.
Gladnessr and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.s
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