Meaning: a raised road for public use

Such roads were not found in Israel; hence the force of the language used to describe the return of the captives and the advent of the Messiah (Isaiah 11:16; 35:8; 40:3; 62:10) under the figure of the preparation of a grand thoroughfare for their march.

During their possession of Judea the Romans constructed several important highways, as they did in all countries which they ruled.

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