1 Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days.
The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses.
and singing and joy!
The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon,
as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon.
There the Lord will display his glory,
the splendor of our God.
and encourage those who have weak knees.
“Be strong, and do not fear,
for your God is coming to destroy your enemies.
He is coming to save you.”
and unplug the ears of the deaf.
and those who cannot speak will sing for joy!
Springs will gush forth in the wilderness,
and streams will water the wasteland.
and springs of water will satisfy the thirsty land.
Marsh grass and reeds and rushes will flourish
where desert jackals once lived.
It will be named the Highway of Holiness.
Evil-minded people will never travel on it.
It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways;
fools will never walk there.
nor any other ferocious beasts.
There will be no other dangers.
Only the redeemed will walk on it.
They will enter Jerusalem* singing,
crowned with everlasting joy.
Sorrow and mourning will disappear,
and they will be filled with joy and gladness.
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