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Isaiah 35:1–10

The Ransomed Return to Zion

35 Wilderness and dry land shall be glad,a

and desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus.

It shall blossom abundantly,

and it shall rejoice indeed with rejoicing and exulting.

The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,

the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.

They are the ones whob shall see the glory of Yahweh,

the majesty of our God.

Strengthen the weak hands

and make the staggering knees firm.

Say to those who are hasty of heart,

“Be strong; you must not fear!

Look! your God will come with vengeance,

with divine retribution.c

He is the one whod will come and save you.”

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,

and the ears of the deaf shall be opened.

Then the lame shall leap like the deer,

and the tongue of the dumb shall sing for joy,

for waters shall break forth in the wilderness

and streams in the desert.

And the parched ground shall become a pool,

and the thirsty ground springs of water.

Her resting place is in a settlement of jackals;

the grass shall become like reedse and rushes.f

And a highway shall be there, and a way,

and it shall be called the way of holiness.

The unclean shall not travel through it,

butg it is for them, he who walks on the way;

and fools shall not wander about.

No lion shall be there,

and no ferocious wild beast shall go up it.

It shall not be found there,

buth the redeemed shall walk there.

10 And the ransomed of Yahweh shall return,

and they shall come to Zion with rejoicing.

And everlasting joy shall be on their head;

joy and gladness shall overtake them,

and sorrow and sighing shall flee.

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