let the wilderness 2 rejoice and bloom like a lily!
35:6 Then the lame will leap like a deer,
the mute tongue will shout for joy;
for water will flow 3 in the desert,
streams in the wilderness. 4
40:3 A voice cries out,
“In the wilderness clear a way for the Lord;
construct in the desert a road for our God.
41:19 I will make cedars, acacias, myrtles, and olive trees grow in the wilderness;
I will make evergreens, firs, and cypresses grow together in the desert.
51:3 Certainly the Lord will console Zion;
he will console all her ruins.
He will make her wilderness like Eden,
her desert like the Garden of the Lord.
Happiness and joy will be restored to 5 her,
thanksgiving and the sound of music.
1 tn The final mem (ם) on the verb יְשֻׂשׂוּם (yÿsusum) is dittographic (note the initial mem on the following noun מִדְבָּר [midbar]). The ambiguous verbal form is translated as a jussive because it is parallel to the jussive form תָגֵל (tagel). The jussive is used rhetorically here, not as a literal command or prayer.
2 tn Or “Arabah” (NASB); NAB, NIV, TEV “desert.”
3 tn Heb “burst forth” (so NAB); KJV “break out.”
4 tn Or “Arabah” (NASB); KJV, NIV, NRSV, NLT “desert.”
5 tn Heb “found in” (so NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV).