35:1 The wilderness and
the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like the crocus
it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The
glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and
Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not
fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible
recompense. He will come and save you."
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the
then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the
speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the
wilderness, and streams in the desert;
the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground
springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the
grass shall become reeds and rushes.
A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the
unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God's people;
no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.
No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on
it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with
singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall
obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
146:5 Happy are those
whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their
who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who
keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the
hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free;
the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who
are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the
widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all
generations. Praise the LORD!
5:7 Be patient,
therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits
for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until
it receives the early and the late rains.
You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming
of the Lord is near.
Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not
be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors!
As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the
prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
11:2 When John heard in
prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples
and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we
to wait for another?"
Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are
cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have
good news brought to them.
And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me."
As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John:
"What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed
shaken by the wind?
What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes?
Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces.
What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and
more than a prophet.
This is the one about whom it is written, 'See, I am sending my
messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'
Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen
greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of
heaven is greater than he.