The Ransomed Return to Zion1 The wilderness and the dry land will be glad;
the desert will rejoice and blossom like a rose. ▼
▼Or meadow saffron, ▼
▼Not the modern flower but a common wildflower in northern Israel, c
2 It will blossom abundantly
and will also rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon. d
They will see the glory of the Lord e
the splendor of our God. f
3 Strengthen the weak hands,
steady the shaking knees! g
4 Say to the cowardly:
“Be strong; do not fear!
Here is your God; vengeance is coming. h
God’s retribution is coming; He will save you.” i
5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped. j
6 Then the lame will leap like a deer k
and the tongue of the mute will sing for joy l
for water will gush in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert; m
7 the parched ground will become a pool of water,
and the thirsty land springs of water. n
In the haunt of jackals o in their lairs,
there will be grass, reeds, and papyrus.
8 A road will be there and a way; p
it will be called the Holy Way. q
▼unclean: When something is clean, it is holy or acceptable to God. When it is unclean, it is unholy (such as an unclean spirit). The term can be used in a ritual sense to apply to moral standards for living.unclean will not travel on it, s
but it will be for the one who walks the path. t
Even the fool will not go astray.
9 There will be no lion there,
and no vicious beast will go up on it;
they will not be found there.
But the redeemed will walk on it,
10 and the redeemed of the Lord will return u
and come to ▼
▼Zion: Originally a term for the fortified section of Jerusalem and then, by extension, used for the temple and the city of Jerusalem both in the present time and in the futureZion with singing,
crowned with unending joy.
Joy and gladness will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee. w
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