The Future Glory of Zion
1The ⚓wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them,
And the ⚓desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;
2⚓It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice,
Even with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
The excellence of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the ⚓glory of the Lord,
The excellency of our God.
3⚓Strengthen the weak hands,
And make firm the feeble knees.
4Say to those who are fearful-hearted,
“Be strong, do not fear!
Behold, your God will come with⚓vengeance,
With the recompense of God;
He will come and ⚓save you.”
5Then the ⚓eyes of the blind shall be opened,
And ⚓the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6Then the ⚓lame shall leap like a deer,
And the ⚓tongue of the dumb sing.
For ⚓waters shall burst forth in the wilderness,
And streams in the desert.
7The parched ground shall become a pool,
And the thirsty land springs of water;
In ⚓the habitation of jackals, where each lay,
There shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
8A ⚓highway shall be there, and a road,
And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness.
⚓The unclean shall not pass over it,
But it shall be for others.
Whoever walks the road, although a fool,
Shall not go astray.
9⚓No lion shall be there,
Nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it;
It shall not be found there.
But the redeemed shall walk there,
10And the ⚓ransomed of the Lord shall return,
And come to Zion with singing,
With everlasting joy on their heads.
They shall obtain joy and gladness,
And ⚓sorrow and sighing shall flee away.