1The arid desert shall be glad, The wilderness shall rejoice And shall blossom like a rose. b Lit. “crocus.” 2It shall blossom abundantly, It shall also exult and shout. It shall receive the glory of Lebanon, The splendor of Carmel and Sharon. They shall behold the glory of the LORD, The splendor of our God. 3Strengthen the hands that are slack; Make firm the tottering knees! 4Say to the anxious of heart, “Be strong, fear not; Behold your God! Requital is coming, The recompense of God— He Himself is coming to give you triumph.” 5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb shall shout aloud; For waters shall burst forth in the desert, Streams in the wilderness. 7Torrid earth shall become a pool; Parched land, fountains of water; The home of jackals, a pasture; c Meaning of Heb. uncertain; emendation yields “a marsh.” The abode [of ostriches], d Cf. 34.13. reeds and rushes. 8And a highway shall appear there, Which shall be called the Sacred Way. No one unclean shall pass along it, But it shall be for them. e Emendation yields “for His people.” f‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. No traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. ‐f Meaning of Heb. uncertain. 9No lion shall be there, No ferocious beast shall set foot on it— These shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk it; 10And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, And come with shouting to Zion, Crowned with joy everlasting. They shall attain joy and gladness, While sorrow and sighing flee.


b Lit. “crocus.”

c Meaning of Heb. uncertain; emendation yields “a marsh.”

d Cf. 34.13.

e Emendation yields “for His people.”

f‐f Meaning of Heb. uncertain.