1 The wilderness and the solitary place 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 and the excellence of our God.
3 Strengthen the weak hands and confirm the feeble knees.
4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong. Do not fear. Behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense. He will come and save you."
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6 Then the lame man shall leap as a hart and the tongue of the mute shall sing. For in the wilderness waters shall break out, and streams in the desert.
7 And the 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.
8 And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called, The Way of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for those who are way-faring men. And fools shall not err therein.
9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon. It shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there.
10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
[v.3] - Quoted in Hebrews 12:12.
[v.5-6] - Quoted in Matthew 11:5; Luke 7:22.