1 The desert and the parched land will be glad; ¶ the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. ¶ Like the crocus,
2 it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. ¶ The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, ¶ the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; ¶ they will see the glory of the LORD, ¶ the splendor of our God.
3 Strengthen the feeble hands, ¶ steady the knees that give way;
4 say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; ¶ your God will come, ¶ he will come with vengeance; ¶ with divine retribution ¶ he will come to save you."
5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened ¶ and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. ¶ Water will gush forth in the wilderness ¶ and streams in the desert.
7 The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. ¶ In the haunts where jackals once lay, ¶ grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.
8 And a highway will be there; ¶ it will be called the Way of Holiness; ¶ it will be for those who walk on that Way. ¶ The unclean will not journey on it; ¶ wicked fools will not go about on it.
9 No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; ¶ they will not be found there. ¶ But only the redeemed will walk there,
10 and those the LORD has rescued will return. ¶ They will enter Zion with singing; ¶ everlasting joy will crown their heads. ¶ Gladness and joy will overtake them, ¶ and sorrow and sighing will flee away.