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.