Isaiah 35

Joy of the Redeemed

1 The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus,
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.
3 Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;
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.”
5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
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.
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.
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.
9 No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there,
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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Isaiah 35 Commentary

Chapter 35

The flourishing state of Christ's kingdom. (1-4) The privileges of his people. (5-10)

Verses 1-4 Judea was prosperous in the days of Hezekiah, but the kingdom of Christ is the great subject intended. Converting grace makes the soul that was a wilderness, to rejoice with joy and singing, and to blossom abundantly. The feeble and faint-hearted are encouraged. This is the design of the gospel. Fear is weakening; the more we strive against it, the stronger we are, both for doing and suffering; and he that says to us, Be strong, has laid help for us upon One who is mighty. Assurance is given of the approach of Messiah, to take vengeance on the powers of darkness, to recompense with abundant comforts those that mourn in Zion; He will come and save. He will come again at the end of time, to punish those who have troubled his people; and to give those who were troubled such rest as will be a full reward for all their troubles.

Verses 5-10 When Christ shall come to set up his kingdom in the world, then wonders, great wonders, shall be wrought on men's souls. By the word and Spirit of Christ, the spiritually blind were enlightened; and those deaf to the calls of God were made to hear them readily. Those unable to do any thing good, by Divine grace were made active therein. Those that knew not how to speak of God or to God, had their lips opened to show forth his praise. When the Holy Ghost came upon the Gentiles that heard the word, then were the fountains of life opened. Most of the earth is still a desert; neither means of grace, spiritual worshippers, nor fruits of holiness, are to be found in it. But the way of religion and godliness shall be laid open. The way of holiness is the way of God's commandment; it is the good old way. And the way to heaven is a plain way. Those knowing but little, and unlearned, shall be kept from missing the road. It shall be a safe way; nothing can do them any real hurt. Christ, the way to God, shall be clearly made known; and the way of a believer's duty shall be plainly marked out. Let us then go forward cheerfully, assured that the end of this way shall be everlasting joy, and rest for the soul. Those who by faith are made citizens of the gospel Zion, rejoice in Christ Jesus; and their sorrows and sighs are made to flee away by Divine consolations. Thus these prophecies conclude. Our joyful hopes and prospects of eternal life should swallow up all the sorrows and all the joys of this present time. But of what avail is it to admire the excellence of God's word, unless we can call its precious promises our own? Do we love God, not only as our Creator, but because he gave his only Son to die for us? And are we walking in the ways of holiness? Let us try ourselves by such plain questions, rather than spend time on things that may be curious and amusing, but are unprofitable.

Cross References 38

  • 1. Isaiah 27:10; Isaiah 32:15,16; Isaiah 41:18-19
  • 2. Isaiah 27:6; Isaiah 51:3
  • 3. Song of Songs 2:1
  • 4. S Genesis 21:6; Psalms 105:43; Isaiah 12:6; S Isaiah 25:9; Isaiah 44:23; Isaiah 51:11; Isaiah 52:9; Isaiah 55:12
  • 5. S Ezra 3:7; S Isaiah 33:9; Isaiah 32:15
  • 6. Song of Songs 7:5
  • 7. S 1 Chronicles 27:29; Isaiah 65:10
  • 8. S Exodus 16:7; S Isaiah 4:5; S Isaiah 59:19
  • 9. S Isaiah 25:9
  • 10. S Job 4:4; Hebrews 12:12
  • 11. 2 Chronicles 32:6; Isaiah 40:2; Zechariah 1:13
  • 12. S Deuteronomy 20:3; S Isaiah 21:4
  • 13. S Joshua 1:9; S Isaiah 7:4; Daniel 10:19
  • 14. Isa 40:9,10-11; Isaiah 51:5; Isaiah 62:11; Revelation 22:12
  • 15. S Isaiah 1:24; S Isaiah 34:8
  • 16. S Isaiah 25:9
  • 17. S Psalms 146:8; Matthew 11:5; John 9:6-7; Acts 26:18
  • 18. Isaiah 29:18; Isaiah 42:18; Isaiah 50:4
  • 19. Matthew 15:30; Luke 7:22; John 5:8-9; Acts 3:8
  • 20. S 2 Samuel 22:34
  • 21. Isaiah 32:4; Matthew 9:32-33; Matthew 12:22; Mark 7:35; Luke 11:14
  • 22. Psalms 20:5
  • 23. S Exodus 17:6; Isaiah 41:18; John 7:38
  • 24. S Psalms 68:6; Isaiah 41:17; Isaiah 44:3; Isaiah 55:1
  • 25. Psalms 107:35; Isaiah 49:10; Isaiah 58:11
  • 26. S Isaiah 13:22
  • 27. S Job 8:11; S Job 40:21
  • 28. S Isaiah 11:16; S Isaiah 33:8; S Jeremiah 31:21; Matthew 7:13-14
  • 29. Isaiah 4:3; 1 Peter 1:15
  • 30. Isaiah 52:1
  • 31. S Isaiah 30:6
  • 32. Isaiah 11:6; Isaiah 13:22; Isaiah 34:14
  • 33. S Exodus 6:6; Leviticus 25:47-55; Isaiah 51:11; Isaiah 62:12; Isaiah 63:4
  • 34. S Job 19:25; S Isaiah 1:27
  • 35. Isaiah 30:29
  • 36. S Psalms 4:7; S Psalms 126:5; S Isaiah 25:9
  • 37. S Psalms 51:8; S Isaiah 51:3
  • 38. S Isaiah 30:19; Isaiah 51:11; Revelation 7:17; Revelation 21:4

Chapter Summary


This chapter is a prediction of the glory and flourishing estate of the Gospel church, and of the blessings received by it from Christ. Its flourishing state is expressed by the fruitfulness of the desert, being made like to Lebanon, Carmel, and Sharon; and by the inhabitants of it seeing the glory and excellency of Christ, Isa 35:1,2 the ministers of the word are directed and exhorted to strengthen the weak, and comfort the feeble minded, by assuring them of the coming of Christ to save them, Isa 35:3,4 when miracles, both in nature and grace, should be wrought; and great alterations should be made in the wilderness, by the power of God, Isa 35:5-7 when a way should be cast up, described; and the persons that should walk in it are pointed at; and the end it should bring them to, everlasting joy and happiness, Isa 35:8-10.

Isaiah 35 Commentaries

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