Isaiah 29:17
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?

Berean Study Bible
In just a very short time, will not Lebanon become an orchard, and the orchard seem like 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?

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?

Contemporary English Version
Soon the forest of Lebanon will become a field with crops, thick as a forest.

Good News Translation
As the saying goes, before long the dense forest will become farmland, and the farmland will go back to 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?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Is it not yet a little while, and Libanus shall be changed as the mountains of Chermel, and Chermel shall be reckoned 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 for the Godly
17In just a very short time, will not Lebanon become an orchard, and the orchard seem like a forest? 18On that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of the deep darkness the eyes of the blind will see.…
Cross References
Psalm 84:6
As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; even the autumn rain covers it with pools.

Psalm 107:33
He turns rivers into deserts, springs of water into thirsty ground,

Psalm 107:35
He turns a desert into pools of water, and a dry land into flowing springs.

Isaiah 32:15
until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high. Then the desert will be an orchard, and the orchard will seem like a forest.

Haggai 2:6
For this is what the LORD of Hosts says: "Once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth, the sea 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 thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.

Habakkuk 2:3
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Haggai 2:6
For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;

Lebanon

Isaiah 32:15
Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest.

Isaiah 35:1,2
The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose…

Isaiah 41:19
I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together:

the fruitful

Isaiah 5:6
And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.

Ezekiel 20:46,47
Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field; …

Hosea 3:4
For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:







Lexicon
In just
הֲלוֹא־ (hă·lō·w-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

a very
עוֹד֙ (‘ō·wḏ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 5750: Iteration, continuance, again, repeatedly, still, more

short
מְעַ֣ט (mə·‘aṭ)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4592: A little, fewness, a few

time,
מִזְעָ֔ר (miz·‘ār)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 4213: Fewness, as superl, diminutiveness

[will not] Lebanon
לְבָנ֖וֹן (lə·ḇā·nō·wn)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3844: Lebanon -- a wooded mountain range on the northern border of Israel

become
וְשָׁ֥ב (wə·šāḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

an orchard,
לַכַּרְמֶ֑ל (lak·kar·mel)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3759: A plantation, garden land, fruit, garden growth

and the orchard
וְהַכַּרְמֶ֖ל (wə·hak·kar·mel)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3759: A plantation, garden land, fruit, garden growth

seem
יֵחָשֵֽׁב׃ (yê·ḥā·šêḇ)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2803: To think, account

like a forest?
לַיַּ֥עַר (lay·ya·‘ar)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3293: A copse of bushes, a forest, honey in the comb
(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. 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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