35 The ·desert [wilderness] and dry land will ·become happy [rejoice]; the ·desert [arid plain; or Arabah] will be glad and will ·produce flowers [blossom; bloom]. Like a ·flower [lily; crocus], 2 it will have many blooms. It will ·show its happiness [joyfully rejoice], as if it were ·shouting [or singing] with joy. It will be ·beautiful like the forest [L given the glory] of Lebanon, ·as beautiful as Mount Carmel and the Plain of Sharon [L the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; 33:9]. ·Everyone [L They] will see the glory of the Lord[C his manifest presence] and the splendor of our God. 3 Make the weak hands strong and the weak knees steady. 4 Say to people who are ·frightened [anxious; L hasty of heart], “Be strong. Don’t be afraid. Look, your God will come, ·and he will punish your enemies [L …with vengeance]. ·He will make them pay for the wrongs they did […with the retribution of God], but he will save you.”
5 Then the blind ·people [L eyes] will see again, and the ·deaf [L deaf ears] will hear [Matt. 11:5; Luke 7:22]. 6 ·Crippled people [Then the lame] will ·jump [leap] like deer, and ·those who can’t talk now [L the tongue of the mute] will shout with joy. Water will ·flow [burst forth] in the ·desert [wilderness], and streams will flow in the ·dry land [arid plain; or Arabah]. 7 The ·burning desert [scorched ground; parched earth] will have pools of water, and the ·dry [parched; thirsty] ground will have springs. Where ·wild dogs [jackals] once ·lived [lived and laid down], grass and ·water plants [reeds and rushes/papyrus] will grow. 8 A road will be there; this highway will be called “The ·Road to Being Holy [L Way/Highway of Holiness].” ·Evil people [The unclean; C ritually] will not be allowed to walk on that road; only good people [C those who walk in the Way of Holiness] will walk on it. No fools [C the morally corrupt who disregard God] will go on it. 9 No lions will be there, nor will ·dangerous animals [ravenous/violent beasts] be on that road. They will not be found there. That road will be for the ·people God saves [redeemed]; 10 the people the Lord has ·freed [ransomed] will return there. They will enter ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple] with ·joy [or singing; shouting], and ·their happiness will last forever [L eternal joy will be upon their head; C as a crown]. Their gladness and joy will ·fill them completely [overtake/come upon them], and sorrow and ·sadness [sighing] will ·go far [flee] away.
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