1 The wilderness and the dry land will be glad.The desert will rejoice and blossom like a rose.

2 It will blossom abundantly,and rejoice even with joy and singing.Lebanon's glory Lebanon will be given to it,the excellence of Carmel and Sharon.They will see the Lord's glory,the excellence of our God.

3 Strengthen the weak hands,and make firm the feeble knees.

4 Tell those who have a fearful heart, "Be strong.Do not be afraid.Behold, your God will come with vengeance, God's retribution.He will come and save you.

5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened,and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.

6 Then the lame man will leap like a deer,and the tongue of the mute will sing;for waters will break out in the wilderness,and streams in the desert.

7 The burning sand will become a pool,and the thirsty ground springs of water.Grass with reeds and rushes will be in the habitation of jackals, where they lay.

8 A highway will be there, a road,and it will be called The Holy Way.The unclean shall not pass over it,but it will be for those who walk in the Way.Wicked fools will not go there.

9 No lion will be there,nor will any ravenous animal go up on it.They will not be found there;but the redeemed will walk there.

10 The Lord's ransomed ones will return,and come with singing to Zion;and everlasting joy will be on their heads.They will obtain gladness and joy,and sorrow and sighing will flee away."