gCited Heb. 12:12; [ch. 40:1]
The Ransomed Shall Return1 aThe wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
bthe desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
2it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and singing.
cThe glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of dCarmel and eSharon.
fThey shall see the glory of the Lord,
the majesty of our God.
3 gStrengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
4Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
hBehold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”
5 iThen the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
6 jthen shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
kFor waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
7 lthe burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
in the haunt of mjackals, where they lie down,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
8 nAnd a highway shall be there,
and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;
othe unclean shall not pass over it.
It shall belong to those who walk on the way;
even if they are fools, they shall not go astray. ▼
▼Or if they are fools, they shall not wander in it
9No lion shall be there,
nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there.
10 qAnd the ransomed of the Lord shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
reverlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
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