He has done a mighty deed with His arm; He has scattered the proud because of the thoughts of their hearts;
He has toppled the mighty from their thrones and exalted the lowly.
He has satisfied the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty.
Human pride will be humbled, and the loftiness of men will be brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted on that day.
For a day belonging to the LORD of Hosts is [coming] against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up-- it will be humbled--
against all the cedars of Lebanon, lofty and lifted up, against all the oaks of Bashan,
against all the high mountains, against all the lofty hills,
against every high tower, against every fortified wall,
against every ship of Tarshish, and against every splendid sea vessel.
So human pride will be brought low, and the loftiness of men will be humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted on that day.
Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will sing for joy, for water will gush in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;
the parched ground will become a pool of water, and the thirsty land springs of water. In the haunt of jackals, in their lairs, there will be grass, reeds, and papyrus.
A road will be there and a way; it will be called the Holy Way. The unclean will not travel on it, but it will be for him who walks the path. Even the fool will not go astray.
Every valley will be lifted up, and every mountain and hill will be leveled; the uneven ground will become smooth, and the rough places a plain.
I will make all My mountains into a road, and My highways will be raised up.
The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and freedom to the prisoners;
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor, and the day of our God's vengeance; to comfort all who mourn,
to provide for those who mourn in Zion; to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, festive oil instead of mourning, and splendid clothes instead of despair. And they will be called righteous trees, planted by the LORD, to glorify Him.
Then all the trees of the field will know that I am the LORD. I bring down the tall tree, and make the low tree tall. I cause the green tree to wither and make the withered tree thrive. I, Yahweh, have spoken and I will do [it].
The brother of humble circumstances should boast in his exaltation;
and the crooked
I will lead the blind by a way they did not know; I will guide them on paths they have not known. I will turn darkness to light in front of them, and rough places into level ground. This is what I will do for them, and I will not forsake them.
"I will go before you and level the uneven places; I will shatter the bronze doors and cut the iron bars in two.
Therefore strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees,
and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but healed instead.