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Isaiah 35:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The wilderness and the desert will be glad, And the Arabah will rejoice and blossom; Like the crocus
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The wilderness and the dry land shall be gladdened; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Wilderness and parched land, shall be glad for them,—And the waste plain, shall exult, and blossom as the lily:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— They joy from the wilderness and dry place, And rejoice doth the desert, and flourish as the rose,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The land that was desolate and impassable shall be glad, and the wilderness shall rejoice, and shall flourish like the lily.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The wildernesse and the solitarie place shall be glad for them: and the desert shall reioyce and blossome as the rose.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Be glad, thou thirsty desert: let the wilderness exult, and flower as the lily.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The wilderness 4057
{4057} Prime
מִדְבָּר
midbar
{mid-bawr'}
From H1696 in the sense of driving; a pasture (that is, open field, whither cattle are driven); by implication a desert; also speech (including its organs).
and the solitary place 6723
{6723} Prime
צִיָּה
tsiyah
{tsee-yaw'}
From an unused root meaning to parch; aridity; concretely a desert.
shall be glad 7797
{7797} Prime
שׂושׂ
suws
{soos}
A primitive root; to be bright, that is, cheerful.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
for them; and the desert 6160
{6160} Prime
עֲרָבָה
`arabah
{ar-aw-baw'}
From H6150 (in the sense of sterility); a desert; especially (with the article prefixed) the (generally) sterile valley of the Jordan and its continuation to the Red Sea.
shall rejoice, 1523
{1523} Prime
גִּיל
giyl
{gheel}
A primitive root; properly to spin around (under the influence of any violent emotion), that is, usually rejoice, or (as cringing) fear.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
and blossom 6524
{6524} Prime
פָּרַח
parach
{paw-rakh'}
A primitive root; to break forth as a bud, that is, bloom; generally to spread; specifically to fly (as extending the wings); figuratively to flourish.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
as the rose. 2261
{2261} Prime
חֲבַצֶּלֶת
chabatstseleth
{khab-ats-tseh'-leth}
Of uncertain derivation; probably meadow saffron.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Isaiah 35:1

_ _ Isaiah 35:1-10. Continuation of the prophecy in the thirty-fourth chapter.

_ _ See on Isaiah 34:1, introduction there.

_ _ solitary place — literally, “a dry place,” without springs of water. A moral wilderness is meant.

_ _ for them — namely, on account of the punishment inflicted according to the preceding prophecy on the enemy; probably the blessings set forth in this chapter are included in the causes for joy (Isaiah 55:12).

_ _ rose — rather, “the meadow-saffron,” an autumnal flower with bulbous roots; so Syriac translation.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Isaiah 35:1-4

_ _ In these verses we have,

_ _ I. The desert land blooming. In the foregoing chapter we had a populous and fruitful country turned into a horrid wilderness; here we have in lieu of that, a wilderness turned into a good land. When the land of Judah was freed from the Assyrian army, those parts of the country that had been made as a wilderness by the ravages and outrages they committed began to recover themselves, and to look pleasantly again, and to blossom as the rose. When the Gentile nations, that had been long as a wilderness, bringing forth no fruit to God, received the gospel, joy came with it to them, Psalms 67:3, Psalms 67:4; Psalms 96:11, Psalms 96:12. When Christ was preached in Samaria there was great joy in that city (Acts 8:8); those that sat in darkness saw a great and joyful light, and then they blossomed, that is, gave hopes of abundance of fruit; for that was it which the preachers of the gospel aimed at (John 15:16), to go and bring forth fruit, Romans 1:13; Colossians 1:6. Though blossoms are not fruit, and often miscarry and come to nothing, yet they are in order to fruit. Converting grace makes the soul that was a wilderness to rejoice with joy and singing, and to blossom abundantly. This flourishing desert shall have all the glory of Lebanon given to it, which consisted in the strength and stateliness of its cedars, together with the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, which consisted in corn and cattle. Whatever is valuable in any institution is brought into the gospel. All the beauty of the Jewish church was admitted into the Christian church, and appeared in its perfection, as the apostle shows at large in his epistle to the Hebrews. Whatever was excellent an desirable in the Mosaic economy is translated into the evangelical institutes.

_ _ II. The glory of God shining forth: They shall see the glory of the Lord. God will manifest himself more than ever in his grace and love to mankind (for that is his glory and excellency), and he shall give them eyes to see it, and hearts to be duly affected with it. This is that which will make the desert blossom. The more we see by faith of the glory of the Lord and the excellency of our God the more joyful and the more fruitful shall we be.

_ _ III. The feeble and faint-hearted encouraged, Isaiah 35:3, Isaiah 35:4. God's prophets and ministers are in a special manner charged, by virtue of their office, to strengthen the weak hands, to comfort those who could not yet recover the fright they had been put into by the Assyrian army with an assurance that God would now return in mercy to them. This is the design of the gospel, 1. To strengthen those that are weak and to confirm them — the weak hands, which are unable either to work or fight, and can hardly be lifted up in prayer, and the feeble knees, which are unable either to stand or walk and unfit for the race set before us. The gospel furnishes us with strengthening considerations, and shows us where strength is laid up for us. Among true Christians there are many that have weak hands and feeble knees, that are yet but babes in Christ; but it is our duty to strengthen our brethren (Luke 22:32), not only to bear with the weak, but to do what we can to confirm them, Romans 15:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:14. It is our duty also to strengthen ourselves, to lift up the hands which hang down (Hebrews 12:12), improving the strength God has given us, and exerting it. 2. To animate those that are timorous and discouraged: Say to those that are of a fearful heart, because of their own weakness and the strength of their enemies, that are hasty (so the word is), that are for betaking themselves to flight upon the first alarm, and giving up the cause, that say, in their haste, “We are cut off and undone” (Psalms 31:22), there is enough in the gospel to silence these fears; it says to them, and let them say it to themselves and one to another, Be strong, fear not. Fear is weakening; the more we strive against it the stronger we are both for doing and suffering; and, for our encouragement to strive, he that says to us, Be strong has laid help for us upon one that is mighty.

_ _ IV. Assurance given of the approach of a Saviour: “Your God will come with vengeance. God will appear for you against your enemies, will recompense both their injuries and your losses.” The Messiah will come, in the fulness of time, to take vengeance on the powers of darkness, to spoil them, and make a show of them openly, to recompense those that mourn in Zion with abundant comforts. He will come and save us. With the hopes of this the Old Testament saints strengthened their weak hands. He will come again at the end of time, will come in flaming fire, to recompense tribulation to those who have troubled his people, and, to those who were troubled, rest, such a rest as will be not only a final period to, but a full reward of, all their troubles, 2 Thessalonians 1:6, 2 Thessalonians 1:7. Those whose hearts tremble for the ark of God, and who are under a concern for his church in the world, may silence their fears with this, God will take the work into his own hands. Your God will come, who pleads your cause and owns your interest, even God himself, who is God alone.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Isaiah 35:1

The solitary place — Emmanuel's land, or the seat of God's church and people, which formerly was despised like a wilderness, and which the rage of their enemies had brought to desolation, shall flourish exceedingly.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Isaiah 35:1

The (a) wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

(a) He 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.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
wilderness:

Isaiah 29:17 [Is] it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?
Isaiah 32:15-16 Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest. ... Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Isaiah 51:3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
Isaiah 52:9-10 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. ... The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
Ezekiel 36:35 And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities [are become] fenced, [and] are inhabited.

be:

Psalms 48:11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.
Psalms 97:8 Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.
Revelation 19:1-7 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: ... Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

desert:

Isaiah 4:2 In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth [shall be] excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.
Isaiah 27:6 He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.
Isaiah 55:12-13 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap [their] hands. ... Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign [that] shall not be cut off.
Isaiah 61:10-11 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh [himself] with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth [herself] with her jewels. ... For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
Isaiah 66:10-14 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: ... And when ye see [this], your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and [his] indignation toward his enemies.
Hosea 14:5-6 I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. ... His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
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Ps 48:11; 97:8. Is 4:2; 27:6; 29:17; 32:15; 40:3; 51:3; 52:9; 55:12; 61:10; 66:10. Ezk 36:35. Ho 14:5. Rv 19:1.

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