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Isaiah 35

At the new exodus to Zion the righteous regenerate and the desert blooms, heralding Jehovah’s coming.

1 Wilderness and arid land shall be jubilant;the desert shall rejoicewhen it blossoms like the crocus. 2 Joyously it shall break out in flower,singing with delight;it shall be endowed with the glory of Lebanon,the splendor of Carmel and Sharon.The glory of Jehovah and the splendor of our Godthey shall see there. 3 Strengthen the hands grown feeble,steady the failing knees. 4 Say to those with fearful hearts,Take courage, be unafraid!See, your God is coming to avenge and to reward;God himself will come and deliver you.
5 Then shall the eyes of the blind be openedand the ears of the deaf unstopped. 6 Then shall the lame leap like deer,and the tongue of the dumb shout for joy.Water shall break forth in the wildernessand streams flow in the desert. 7 The land of mirages shall become one of lakes,the thirsty place springs of water;in the haunt of howling creatures[shall marshes break out],ain the reservesb shall come rushes and reeds.
8 There shall be highways and roadswhich shall be called the Way of Holiness,cfor they shall be for suchc as are holy.
The unclean shall not traverse them;on them shall no reprobates wander.
9 No lions dshall be encountered there,dnor shall wild beasts intrude.But the redeemed shall walk them, 10 the ransomed of Jehovah shall return;
they shall come singing to Zion,their heads crowned with everlasting joy.They shall have won joy and gladnesswhen sorrow and sighing flee away.

  • a7 Hebrew ribṣâh, her resting place, emended to tiprōṣ biṣṣâ.
  • b7 Hebrew ḥāṣîr, grass, emended to ḥāṣēr; compare 34:13.
  • c8 Phrase transposed; in the text it follows traverse them.
  • d9 Text emended to replace Hebrew lōᵓ yihyeh šām, shall not be there, with lōᵓ yimmāṣē šām, which occurs as a duplication (fem.) following intrude.


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