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The Future Glory of Zion

35 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad,
    and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;
it shall blossom abundantly
    and rejoice even with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
    the excellency of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord
    and the excellency of our God.

Strengthen the weak hands,
    and support the feeble knees.
Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
    “Be strong, fear not.
Your God will come
    with vengeance,
even God with a recompense;
    He will come and save you.”

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
    and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then the lame man shall leap as a deer,
    and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
For in the wilderness waters shall break out
    and streams in the desert.
The parched ground shall become a pool,
    and the thirsty land springs of water;
in the habitation of jackals where each lay,
    there shall be grass with reeds and rushes.

A highway shall be there, a roadway,
    and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness.
The unclean shall not pass on it,
    but it shall be for the wayfaring men,
    and fools shall not wander on it.
No lion shall be there,
    nor any ravenous beast shall go up on it;
    these shall not be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there,
10     and the ransomed of the Lord shall return
and come to Zion with songs
    and everlasting joy upon their heads.
They shall obtain joy and gladness,
    and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.