Isaiah 29:17
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New International Version
In a very short time, will not Lebanon be turned into a fertile field and the fertile field seem like a forest?

New Living Translation
Soon--and it will not be very long--the forests of Lebanon will become a fertile field, and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops.

English Standard Version
Is it not yet a very little while until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be regarded as a forest?

New American Standard Bible
Is it not yet just a little while Before Lebanon will be turned into a fertile field, And the fertile field will be considered as a forest?

King James Bible
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?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Isn't it true that in just a little while Lebanon will become an orchard, and the orchard will seem like a forest?

International Standard Version
"In a very little while, will not Lebanon be turned into a garden of fruit, and the garden of fruit seem like a forest?

NET Bible
In just a very short time Lebanon will turn into an orchard, and the orchard will be considered a forest.

New Heart English Bible
Isn't it yet a very little while, and Lebanon will be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field will be regarded as a forest?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In a very short time Lebanon will be turned into a fertile field and the fertile field will be considered a forest.

JPS Tanakh 1917
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?

New American Standard 1977
Is it not yet just a little while
            Before Lebanon will be turned into a fertile field,
            And the fertile field will be considered as a forest?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into Carmel a fruitful field, and shall not Carmel be esteemed as a forest?

King James 2000 Bible
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?

American King James Version
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?

American Standard Version
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?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Is it not yet a very little while, and Libanus shall be turned into charmel, and charmel shall be esteemed as a forest?

Darby Bible Translation
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?

English Revised Version
Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be counted for a forest?

Webster's Bible Translation
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?

World English Bible
Isn't it yet a very little while, and Lebanon will be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field will be regarded as a forest?

Young's Literal Translation
Is it not yet a very little, And turned hath Lebanon to a fruitful field, And the fruitful field for a forest is reckoned?
Study Bible
Sanctification to the Godly
16You turn things around! Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay, That what is made would say to its maker, "He did not make me"; Or what is formed say to him who formed it, "He has no understanding "? 17Is it not yet just a little while Before Lebanon will be turned into a fertile field, And the fertile field will be considered as a forest? 18On that day the deaf will hear words of a book, And out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.…
Cross References
Psalm 84:6
Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings.

Psalm 107:33
He changes rivers into a wilderness And springs of water into a thirsty ground;

Psalm 107:35
He changes a wilderness into a pool of water And a dry land into springs of water;

Isaiah 32:15
Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fertile field, And the fertile field is considered as a forest.

Haggai 2:6
"For thus says the LORD of hosts, 'Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land.
Treasury of Scripture

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?

yet a very

Isaiah 63:18 The people of your holiness have possessed it but a little while: …

Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall …

Haggai 2:6 For thus said the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, …

Hebrews 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

Lebanon

Isaiah 32:15 Until the spirit be poured on us from on high, and the wilderness …

Isaiah 35:1,2 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and …

Isaiah 41:19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the …

Isaiah 49:5,6 And now, said the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, …

Isaiah 55:13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the …

Isaiah 65:12-16 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and you shall all bow down …

Hosea 1:9,10 Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for you are not my people, and …

Matthew 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Matthew 21:43 Therefore say I to you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, …

Romans 11:11-17 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: …

the fruitful

Isaiah 5:6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor dig; but there …

Ezekiel 20:46,47 Son of man, set your face toward the south, and drop your word toward …

Hosea 3:4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, …

Micah 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem …

Zechariah 11:1,2 Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour your cedars…

Matthew 21:18,19 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungry…

Romans 11:19-27 You will say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in…

(17) Is it not yet a very little while . . .?--The image of the potter does not suggest to Isaiah the thought of an arbitrary sovereignty, but of a love which will in the long run fulfil itself. He paints as not far off the restoration at once of the face of nature and of the life of man. Lebanon, that had been stripped of its cedars by the Assyrian invader (Isaiah 10:34), so as to be as the wilderness of Isaiah 22:15, should regain its glory, and once more be as Carmel, or "the fruitful field," while the fields that had rejoiced in the rich growth of herbage and shrubs should attain the greatness of the forests of Lebanon as they had been. (See Isaiah 32:15, where "the wilderness" answers to the "Lebanon" of this verse.) The thought and the language would seem to have been among Isaiah's favourite utterances.

Verses 17-24. - A RENEWAL OF PROMISE. God's judgment (ver. 14), whatever it is, will pass. In a little while there will be a great change. The lowly will be exalted, the proud abased. From the "meek" and "poor' will be raised a body of true worshippers, who will possess spiritual discernment (ver. 18), while the oppressors and "scorners" will be brought to naught. When Isaiah expected this change is uncertain; but he holds out the hope of it here, as elsewhere so frequently (Isaiah 1:24-31; Isaiah 2:2-5; Isaiah 4:2-6; Isaiah 5:13, etc.), to keep up the spirits of the people and prevent them from sinking into a state of depression and despair. Verse 17. - Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field. Lebanon, the wild forest, shall become smiling garden-ground, while garden-ground shall revert into wild uncultivated forest. An inversion of the moral condition of Judaea is shadowed forth by the metaphor. Is it not yet a very little while,.... In a short space of time, in a few years, what follows would come to pass; when there would be a strange change and alteration made in the world, and by which it would appear, that the Lord not only knows, but foreknows, all things:

and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field; the forest of Lebanon should be as Carmel. The meaning is, that the Gentile world, which was like a forest uncultivated, and full of unfruitful trees, to which wicked men may be compared, should through the preaching of the Gospel be manured, become God's husbandry, and be like a fruitful field, abounding with people and churches, fruitful in grace and good works:

and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest? the people of the Jews, who once had the word and ordinances of God, and were a fruitful and flourishing people in religion; through their rejection of the Messiah, and contempt of his Gospel, should be deprived of all their privileges, and become like a forest or barren land: this was fulfilled, when the kingdom of God was taken from them, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits of it, Matthew 21:43. See Isaiah 32:15. 17. turned—as contrasted with your "turnings of things upside down" (Isa 29:16), there shall be other and better turnings or revolutions; the outpouring of the Spirit in the latter days (Isa 32:15); first on the Jews; which shall be followed by their national restoration (see on [739]Isa 29:2; [740]Zec 12:10) then on the Gentiles (Joe 2:28).

fruitful field—literally, "a Carmel" (see on [741]Isa 10:18). The moral change in the Jewish nation shall be as great as if the wooded Lebanon were to become a fruitful field, and vice versa. Compare Mt 11:12, Greek: "the kingdom of heaven forces itself," as it were, on man's acceptance; instead of men having to seek Messiah, as they had John, in a desert, He presents Himself before them with loving invitations; thus men's hearts, once a moral desert, are reclaimed so as to bear fruits of righteousness: vice versa, the ungodly who seemed prosperous, both in the moral and literal sense, shall be exhibited in their real barrenness.29:17-24 The wonderful change here foretold, may refer to the affairs of Judah, though it looks further. When a great harvest of souls was gathered to Christ from among the Gentiles, then the wilderness was turned into a fruitful field; and the Jewish church, that had long been a fruitful field, became as a deserted forest. Those who, when in trouble, can truly rejoice in God, shall soon have cause greatly to rejoice in him. The grace of meekness contributes to the increase of our holy joy. The enemies who were powerful shall become mean and weak. To complete the repose of God's people, the scorners at home shall be cut off by judgements. All are apt to speak unadvisedly, and to mistake what they hear, but it is very unfair to make a man an offender for a word. They did all they could to bring those into trouble who told them of their faults. But He that redeemed Abraham out of his snares and troubles, will redeem those who are, by faith, his true seed, out of theirs. It will be the greatest comfort to godly parents to see their children renewed creatures, the work of God's grace. May those who now err in spirit, and murmur against the truth, come to understanding, and learn true doctrine. The Spirit of truth shall set right their mistakes, and lead them into all truth. This should encourage us to pray for those that have erred, and are deceived. All who murmured at the truths of God, as hard sayings, shall learn and be aware what God designed in all. See the change religion produces in the hearts of men, and the peace and pleasure of a humble and devout spirit.
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