The a wilderness and the 1 wasteland shall be glad for them,
And the b desert 2 shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; 2 c It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice,
Even with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
The excellence of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the d glory of the LORD,
The excellency of our God.
e Strengthen the 3 weak hands,
And make firm the 4 feeble knees. 4 Say to those who are fearful-hearted,
"Be strong, do not fear!
Behold, your God will come with f vengeance,
With the recompense of God;
He will come and g save you."
Then the h eyes of the blind shall be opened,
And i the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then the j lame shall leap like a deer,
And the k tongue of the dumb sing.
For l waters shall burst forth in the wilderness,
And streams in the desert. 7 The parched ground shall become a pool,
And the thirsty land springs of water;
In m the habitation of jackals, where each lay,
There shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
A n highway shall be there, and a road,
And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness.
o The unclean shall not pass over it,
But it shall be for others.
Whoever walks the road, although a fool,
Shall not go astray. 9 p No lion shall be there,
Nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it;
It shall not be found there.
But the redeemed shall walk there, 10 And the q ransomed of the LORD shall return,
And come to Zion with singing,
With everlasting joy on their heads.
They shall obtain joy and gladness,
And r sorrow and sighing shall flee away.