1 TheHe prophecies of the full restoration of the Church both of the Jews and Gentiles under Christ, which will be fully accomplished at the last day: although as yet it is compared to a desert and wilderness.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 ofThe Church which was before compared to a barren wilderness will by Christ be made most plenteous and beautiful.Carmel and Sharon, they shallHe shows that the presence of God is the reason that the Church brings forth fruit and flourishes.see the glory of the LORD, [and] the excellence of our God.
3 He wills all to encourage one another, and especially the ministers to exhort and strengthen the weak, that they may patiently abide the coming of God, which is at hand.Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
4 Say to them [that are] of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come [with]To destroy your enemies.vengeance, [even] God [with] a recompence; he will come and save you.
5 Then the eyes of theWhen the knowledge of Christ is revealed.blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6 Then shall the lame [man] leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing: for in theThey who were barren and destitute of the graces of God, will have them given by Christ.wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
7 And the dry ground shalbe as a poole, and the thirstie (as springs of water in the habitation of dragons: where they lay) shall be a place for reedes and rushes.
8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way ofIt will be for the saints of God and not for the wicked.holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but itGod will lead and guide them, alluding to the bringing forth of Egypt.[shall be] for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err [in it].
9 No lion shall be there, nor [any]As he threatens the wicked with destruction by this, (Isa_30:6).ravenous beast shall go up on it, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk [there]:
10 And theWhom the Lord will deliver from the captivity of Babylon.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.