23 In that day(A) there will be a highway(B) from Egypt to Assyria.(C) The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship(D) together.

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And a highway(A) will be there;
    it will be called the Way of Holiness;(B)
    it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean(C) will not journey on it;
    wicked fools will not go about on it.

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A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
    the way(A) for the Lord[a];
make straight(B) in the desert
    a highway for our God.[b](C)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 40:3 Or A voice of one calling in the wilderness: / “Prepare the way for the Lord
  2. Isaiah 40:3 Hebrew; Septuagint make straight the paths of our God

11 I will turn all my mountains into roads,
    and my highways(A) will be raised up.(B)

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10 Was it not you who dried up the sea,(A)
    the waters of the great deep,(B)
who made a road in the depths of the sea(C)
    so that the redeemed(D) might cross over?

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Comfort for the Contrite

14 And it will be said:

“Build up, build up, prepare the road!(A)
    Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.”(B)

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10 Pass through, pass through the gates!(A)
    Prepare the way for the people.
Build up, build up the highway!(B)
    Remove the stones.
Raise a banner(C) for the nations.

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They will ask the way(A) to Zion
    and turn their faces toward it.
They will come(B) and bind themselves to the Lord
    in an everlasting covenant(C)
    that will not be forgotten.

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