"The Desert Shall Rejoice, And Blossom As The Rose"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 149

Context: Isaiah, prophet of the Lord, announces his vision of "Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah." Calling upon His chosen people to renounce their sins and thus to become the center of His law, Isaiah prophesies the appearance of a messiah and the downfall of the foes of the Almighty. Other prophets also foretell the destruction of nations of evil. None can survive the power of the Lord. Following a passage revealing vividly the wrath of the Almighty against his enemies ("The sword of the Lord is filled with blood. . . ."), there comes a song of rejoicing and a description of the land after the deliverance of the people:

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The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing. . . .

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