1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the lily.
2 It shall blossom abundantly and shall also praise and sing for joy; the honour of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the beauty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD [and] the beauty of our God.
3 Comfort ye the tired hands and strengthen the knees that tremble.
4 Say to those [that are] of a fearful heart, Be comforted, fear not; behold, your God comes with vengeance, with recompense; God himself will come and save you.
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6 Then the lame [one] shall leap as [a] hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall praise; for waters shall be dug in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.
7 The parched ground shall become a pool and the thirsty land springs of water; in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, [shall be] grass with reeds and rushes.
8 And a highway shall be there and a way, and it shall be called The Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; and for those in it there [shall be] someone to go with them, in such a manner that the foolish shall not err [therein].
9 No lion shall be there, nor [any] ravenous beast shall go up thereon, nor shall any be found there so that the redeemed can walk [there]:
10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with songs; and everlasting joy [shall be] upon their heads: they shall retain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.: