Isaiah 35 NIV

Joy of the Redeemed

1 The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus,

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2 it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God.

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3 Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;

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4 say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”

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5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

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6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.

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7 The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

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8 And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.

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9 No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there,

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10 and those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

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