1The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; 2the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. 3The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of 4Carmel and 5Sharon. 6They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God.
7Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who have an anxious heart, "Be strong; fear not! 8Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you."
9Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
10then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. 11For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;
12the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; in the haunt of 13jackals, where they lie down, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
14And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; 15the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.
No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there.
16And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; 17everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.