Isaiah 35:5-6

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.

Isaiah 35:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
ESV
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
NLT
5 And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf.
MSG
5 Blind eyes will be opened, deaf ears unstopped,
CSB
5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

Isaiah 35:5-6 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 35:5-6 In-Context

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 7

  • 1. S Psalms 146:8; Matthew 11:5; John 9:6-7; Acts 26:18
  • 2. Isaiah 29:18; Isaiah 42:18; Isaiah 50:4
  • 3. Matthew 15:30; Luke 7:22; John 5:8-9; Acts 3:8
  • 4. S 2 Samuel 22:34
  • 5. Isaiah 32:4; Matthew 9:32-33; Matthew 12:22; Mark 7:35; Luke 11:14
  • 6. Psalms 20:5
  • 7. S Exodus 17:6; Isaiah 41:18; John 7:38
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