The desert1 and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.2 Like the crocus,32
it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.4 The glory of Lebanon5 will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel6 and Sharon;7 they will see the glory8 of the LORD, the splendor of our God.93
Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees10 that give way;
say11 to those with fearful hearts,12 "Be strong, do not fear;13 your God will come,14 he will come with vengeance;15 with divine retribution he will come to save16 you."
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened17 and the ears of the deaf18 unstopped.
Then will the lame19 leap like a deer,20 and the mute tongue21 shout for joy.22 Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams23 in the desert.
The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground24 bubbling springs.25 In the haunts where jackals26 once lay, grass and reeds27 and papyrus will grow.
And a highway28 will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness.29 The unclean30 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 lion31 will be there, nor will any ferocious beast32 get up on it; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed33 will walk there,
and the ransomed34 of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing;35 everlasting joy36 will crown their heads. Gladness37 and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.38