God gives gifts to his people
1The sandy place and the dry land will be happy.
The wild places will feel happy and flowers will grow there.
2Many flowers will appear quickly in those places.
The land will be very happy.
So it will seem to sing. And it will seem to shout aloud!
It will be as beautiful as Lebanon.
It will seem like places in Carmel and in Sharon.
Those places will see the LORD's glory.
They will see that our God is very, very great.
3Make your weak hands strong.
Make the knees that will not hold you up strong.
4Say to the people who are very much afraid,
‘Be strong! Do not be afraid! Your God will come.
He will come to punish his enemies. He will punish them fairly.
He will come and he will save you.’
5Then he will open the eyes of people who are cannot see.
And he will make well the ears of people who cannot hear.
6Then people who cannot walk now will jump like deer.
And people who cannot speak now will shout.
That will be because they are very happy.
Yes! God will pour water into the wild, dry places.
And he will pour streams of water into the sandy places.
7Then the hot sand will become a pool of water.
And water will come up from the ground that is very dry.
In the places where jackals had lived, there will not be grass.
Reeds and plants like reeds will grow there instead.
8And there will be a high road there, a way.
Its name will be ‘The Holy Way’.
People who are unclean will not go on it.
It will be for those people who walk on the Way.
Fools who are very bad people will not walk on it.
9No lions will be there.
No dangerous wild animals will walk on it.
Nobody will find those animals there.
But people that the LORD has redeemed will walk there.
10And the people that the LORD has paid to rescue will return.
And they will sing while they go into Zion.
And they will never stop enjoying themselves. It will show on their faces.
Everywhere that they go they will be very, very happy.