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Isaiah 35

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1The desert, and the dry place, shall be glad for them;
And the wilderness shall rejoice, and blossom like the rose:
2It shall blossom abundantly,
And rejoice even with joy and singing;
The glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it,
The beauty of Carmel and of Sharon:
They shall see the glory of Jehovah,
The majesty of our God.
3Strengthen ye the feeble hands,
And confirm the tottering knees.
4Say to the agitated in heart: Be strong,
Fear not: behold your God!
Vengeance will come, the retribution of God;
He himself will come, and will save you.
5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6Then shall the lame bound like the hart,
And the tongue of the dumb shall sing:
For in the wilderness shall burst forth waters,
And streams in the desert.
7And the apparent water of the desert shall become a pool,
And the thirsty land springs of water;
In the haunt of jackals, where is their couching place,
Shall be a place for reed and bulrushes.
8And an highway shall be there, even a road;
And it shall be called, The way of holiness:
The unclean shall not pass over it;
But it shall be for those:
The wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
9There shall not be a lion there,
And the savage beast shall not go upon it:
It shall not be found there;
But the redeemed shall walk in it.
10And the ransomed of Jehovah shall return,
And come to Zion with singing;
And perpetual gladness shall be upon their heads:
Joy and gladness shall they obtain,
And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Isaiah 35

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Hope for Restoration
1Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days.
The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses.
2Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers
and singing and joy!
The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon,
as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon.
There the Lord will display his glory,
the splendor of our God.
3With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands,
and encourage those who have weak knees.
4Say to those with fearful hearts,
“Be strong, and do not fear,
for your God is coming to destroy your enemies.
He is coming to save you.”
5And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind
and unplug the ears of the deaf.
6The lame will leap like a deer,
and those who cannot speak will sing for joy!
Springs will gush forth in the wilderness,
and streams will water the wasteland.
7The parched ground will become a pool,
and springs of water will satisfy the thirsty land.
Marsh grass and reeds and rushes will flourish
where desert jackals once lived.
8And a great road will go through that once deserted land.
It will be named the Highway of Holiness.
Evil-minded people will never travel on it.
It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways;
fools will never walk there.
9Lions will not lurk along its course,
nor any other ferocious beasts.
There will be no other dangers.
Only the redeemed will walk on it.
10Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return.
They will enter Jerusalem#35:10 Hebrew Zion. singing,
crowned with everlasting joy.
Sorrow and mourning will disappear,
and they will be filled with joy and gladness.