Isaiah 35

1The dry desert will become very happy. The desert will be glad and will grow like a flower. 2The desert will be full of growing flowers and will begin to show its happiness. It will seem like the desert is dancing with joy. The desert will be beautiful like the forest of Lebanon, the hill of Carmel, and Sharon Valley. This will happen because all people will see the Glory of the Lord. People will see the beauty of our God. 3Make the weak arms strong again. Make the weak knees strong. 4People are afraid and confused. Say to those people, “Be strong! Don’t be afraid!” Look, your God will come and punish your enemies. He will come and give you your reward. The Lord will save you. 5Then the blind people will be able to see again. Their eyes will be opened. Then the deaf people will be able to hear. Their ears will be opened. 6Crippled people will dance like deer. And the people that can’t talk now will use their voices to sing happy songs. This will happen when springs of water begin flowing in the desert. Springs will flow in the dry land. 7Now people see mirages ˻that look like water˼. But at that time there will be real pools of water. There will be wells in the dry land. Water will flow from the ground. Tall water plants will grow where wild animals once ruled. 8At that time, there will be a road there. This highway will be called “The Holy Road.” Evil people will not be allowed to walk on that road. No fools will go to that road. Only good people will walk on that road. 9There will be no dangers on that road. There will be no lions on that road to hurt people. There will be no dangerous animals on that road. That road will be for the people God saves. 10God will make his people free! And those people will come back to him. The people will be happy when they come into Zion. The people will be happy forever. Their happiness will be like a crown on their heads. Their gladness and joy will fill them completely. Sorrow and sadness will be gone far, far away.

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