Isaiah 35:3-6

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.

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Isaiah 35:3 in Other Translations

KJV
3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
ESV
3 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
NLT
3 With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees.
MSG
3 Energize the limp hands, strengthen the rubbery knees.
CSB
3 Strengthen the weak hands, steady the shaking knees!

Isaiah 35:3-6 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH 35

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 35:3-6 In-Context

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.

Cross References 14

  • 1. S Job 4:4; Hebrews 12:12
  • 2. 2 Chronicles 32:6; Isaiah 40:2; Zechariah 1:13
  • 3. S Deuteronomy 20:3; S Isaiah 21:4
  • 4. S Joshua 1:9; S Isaiah 7:4; Daniel 10:19
  • 5. Isa 40:9,10-11; Isaiah 51:5; Isaiah 62:11; Revelation 22:12
  • 6. S Isaiah 1:24; S Isaiah 34:8
  • 7. S Isaiah 25:9
  • 8. S Psalms 146:8; Matthew 11:5; John 9:6-7; Acts 26:18
  • 9. Isaiah 29:18; Isaiah 42:18; Isaiah 50:4
  • 10. Matthew 15:30; Luke 7:22; John 5:8-9; Acts 3:8
  • 11. S 2 Samuel 22:34
  • 12. Isaiah 32:4; Matthew 9:32-33; Matthew 12:22; Mark 7:35; Luke 11:14
  • 13. Psalms 20:5
  • 14. S Exodus 17:6; Isaiah 41:18; John 7:38
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