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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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God's Splendor Will Be Seen
1Thirsty deserts will be glad;
barren lands will celebrate
and blossom with flowers.
2Deserts will bloom everywhere
and sing joyful songs.
They will be as majestic
as Mount Lebanon,
as glorious as Mount Carmel
or Sharon Valley.
Everyone will see
the wonderful splendor
of the Lord our God.
God Changes Everything
* 3#He 12.12. Here is a message for all
who are weak, trembling,
and worried:
4“Cheer up! Don't be afraid.
Your God is coming
to punish your enemies.
God will take revenge on them
and rescue you.”
5 # Mt 11.5; Lk 7.22. The blind will see,
and the ears of the deaf
will be healed.
6 # 4 Macc 10.21. Those who were lame
will leap around like deer;
tongues once silent
will shout for joy.
Water will rush
through the desert.
7Scorching sand
will turn into a lake,
and thirsty ground
will flow with fountains.
Grass will grow in deserts,
where packs of wild dogs
once made their home.#35.7 Grass … home: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
God's Sacred Highway
8A good road will be there,
and it will be named
“God's Sacred Highway.”
It will be for God's people;
no one unfit to worship God
will walk on that road.
And no fools can travel
on that highway.#35.8 And … highway: Or “And not even a fool can miss that highway.”
9No lions or other wild animals
will come near that road;
only those the Lord has saved
will travel there.
10The people the Lord has rescued
will come back singing
as they enter Zion.
Happiness will be a crown
everyone will always wear.
They will celebrate and shout
because all sorrows and worries
will be gone far away.