Israel’s Deliverance#This chapter contains a number of themes similar to those in Deutero-Isaiah (chaps. 40–55), for example, the blossoming of the wilderness (vv. 1–2; cf. 41:18–19), which is now well-irrigated (v. 7; cf. 43:19–20); sight to the blind (vv. 5–6; cf. 42:7, 16); a highway in the wilderness (v. 8; cf. 41:3); and the return of the redeemed/ransomed to Zion (vv. 9–10; cf. 51:11). Nevertheless, it forms a unit with chap. 34 (see note on 34:1–35:10) and reflects, along with that chapter, themes found in chaps. 1–33.
1The wilderness and the parched land will exult;
the Arabah will rejoice and bloom;#Is 41:18–19; 55:12–13.
2Like the crocus it shall bloom abundantly,
and rejoice with joyful song.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
They will see the glory of the Lord,
the splendor of our God.#Is 40:5; 60:13.
3Strengthen hands that are feeble,
make firm knees that are weak,#Is 40:29–30; Jb 4:3–4; Heb 12:12.
4Say to the fearful of heart:
Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
With divine recompense
he comes to save you.#Is 41:10; Zec 8:13.
5Then the eyes of the blind shall see,
and the ears of the deaf be opened;#Is 29:18; 32:3.
6Then the lame shall leap like a stag,
and the mute tongue sing for joy.
For waters will burst forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the Arabah.#Is 32:3–4; 41:18; 43:19–20; 44:3; Mt 11:5.
7The burning sands will become pools,
and the thirsty ground, springs of water;
The abode where jackals crouch
will be a marsh for the reed and papyrus.
8A highway will be there,
called the holy way;
No one unclean may pass over it,
but it will be for his people;
no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray on it.#Is 11:16; 43:19; 49:11.
9No lion shall be there,
nor any beast of prey approach,
nor be found.
But there the redeemed shall walk,#Is 62:10; Lv 26:6.
10And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
and enter Zion singing,
crowned with everlasting joy;
They meet with joy and gladness,
sorrow and mourning flee away.#Is 51:11.