“The wild animals will honor me.
The jackals will honor me.
The ostriches will honor me.
I give water in the wilderness.
I give rivers in the desert
To give drink
To my chosen people.
They are the people
Whom I formed for myself
That they might declare my praise.”
Second Isaiah has Yahweh continue in the first person singular, saying that the wild animals will honor him. However, he only lists the jackals and the ostriches. Yahweh has provided water in the wilderness by providing rivers in the desert. Thus his specially chosen people could also give praise, just like the wild animals have. The wild animals seemed to appreciate the water more than Yahweh’s chosen people. Apparently on the return from Babylon, they passed through a desert wilderness in Syria some place.