say1 to those with fearful hearts,2 "Be strong, do not fear;3 your God will come,4 he will come with vengeance;5 with divine retribution he will come to save6 you."
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened7 and the ears of the deaf8 unstopped.
Then will the lame9 leap like a deer,10 and the mute tongue11 shout for joy.12 Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams13 in the desert.
The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground14 bubbling springs.15 In the haunts where jackals16 once lay, grass and reeds17 and papyrus will grow.
And a highway18 will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness.19 The unclean20 will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.a9
No lion21 will be there, nor will any ferocious beast22 get up on it; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed23 will walk there,
and the ransomed24 of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing;25 everlasting joy26 will crown their heads. Gladness27 and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.28