35 1 The great joy of them that believe in Christ. 3 Their office which preach the Gospel. 8 The fruits that follow thereof.
1 The [a]desert and the wilderness shall rejoice, and the waste ground shall be glad and flourish as the rose.
2 It shall flourish abundantly, and shall greatly rejoice also and joy: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it: the beauty of [b]Carmel, and of Sharon, they shall [c]see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.
3 [d]Strengthen the weak hands, and comfort the feeble knees.
4 Say unto them that are fearful, Be you strong, fear not: behold, your God cometh with [e]vengeance: even God with a recompense, he will come and save you.
5 Then shall the eyes of the [f]blind be lightened, and the ears of the deaf be opened.
6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the dumb man’s tongue shall sing: for in the [g]wilderness shall waters break out, and rivers in the desert.
7 And the dry ground shall be as a pool, and the thirsty as springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where they lay, shall be a place for reeds and rushes.
8 And there shall be a path and a way, and the way shall be called [h]holy: the polluted shall not pass by it: for [i]he shall be with them, and walk in the way, and the fools shall not err.
9 There shall be [j]no lion, nor noisome beasts shall ascend by it, neither shall they be found there, that the redeemed may walk.
10 Therefore the [k]redeemed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with praise: and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
Isaiah 35:1He prophesieth of the full restoration of the Church both of the Jews and Gentiles under Christ, which shall be fully accomplished at the last day: albeit as yet it is compared to a desert and wilderness.
Isaiah 35:2The Church which was before compared to a barren wilderness shall by Christ be made most plenteous and beautiful.
Isaiah 35:2He showeth that the presence of God is the cause that the Church doth bring forth fruit and flourish.
Isaiah 35:3He willeth all to encourage one another, and specially the ministers to exhort and strengthen the weak, that they may patiently abide the coming of God, which is at hand.
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