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The Lord’s People Will Have Joy

35 The desert and the dry land will be glad,
    and the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like a lily the land will blossom.
    It will rejoice and sing with joy.
    It will have the glory of Lebanon, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
    Everyone will see the glory of Yahweh, the majesty of our Elohim.

Strengthen limp hands.
    Steady weak knees.
Tell those who are terrified,
    “Be brave; don’t be afraid.
        Your Elohim will come with vengeance, with divine revenge.
            He will come and rescue you.”

Then the eyes of the blind will be opened,
    and the ears of the deaf will be unplugged.
Then those who are lame will leap like deer,
    and those who cannot speak will shout for joy.
    Water will gush out into the desert,
    and streams will gush out into the wilderness.
Then the hot sand will become a pool,
    and dry ground will have springs.
    Grass will become cattails and rushes
    in the home of jackals.
A highway will be there, a roadway.
    It will be called the Holy Road.
        Sinners won’t travel on it.
    It will be for those who walk on it.
        Godless fools won’t wander onto it.
        Lions won’t be there.
        Wild animals won’t go on it.
            They won’t be found there.
    But the people reclaimed by the Lord will walk on it.
10 The people ransomed by Yahweh will return.
    They will come to Zion singing with joy.
        Everlasting happiness will be on their heads as a crown.
            They will be glad and joyful.
                They will have no sorrow or grief.

Joy of the Redeemed

35 The desert(A) and the parched land will be glad;
    the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.(B)
Like the crocus,(C) it will burst into bloom;
    it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.(D)
The glory of Lebanon(E) will be given to it,
    the splendor of Carmel(F) and Sharon;(G)
they will see the glory(H) of the Lord,
    the splendor of our God.(I)

Strengthen the feeble hands,
    steady the knees(J) that give way;
say(K) to those with fearful hearts,(L)
    “Be strong, do not fear;(M)
your God will come,(N)
    he will come with vengeance;(O)
with divine retribution
    he will come to save(P) you.”

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened(Q)
    and the ears of the deaf(R) unstopped.
Then will the lame(S) leap like a deer,(T)
    and the mute tongue(U) shout for joy.(V)
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
    and streams(W) in the desert.
The burning sand will become a pool,
    the thirsty ground(X) bubbling springs.(Y)
In the haunts where jackals(Z) once lay,
    grass and reeds(AA) and papyrus will grow.

And a highway(AB) will be there;
    it will be called the Way of Holiness;(AC)
    it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean(AD) will not journey on it;
    wicked fools will not go about on it.
No lion(AE) will be there,
    nor any ravenous beast;(AF)
    they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed(AG) will walk there,
10     and those the Lord has rescued(AH) will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;(AI)
    everlasting joy(AJ) will crown their heads.
Gladness(AK) and joy will overtake them,
    and sorrow and sighing will flee away.(AL)

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