In just a very short time 1 Lebanon will turn into an orchard, and the orchard will be considered a forest. 2
In a very short time, will not Lebanon be turned into a fertile field and the fertile field seem like a forest?
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?
Soon––and it will not be very long––the wilderness of Lebanon will be a fertile field once again. And the fertile fields will become a lush and fertile forest.
And then before you know it, and without you having anything to do with it, Wasted Lebanon will be transformed into lush gardens, and Mount Carmel reforested.
In a very short time Lebanon will become a fertile field, and the fertile field will seem like a wood.
Shall not Lebanon in a very little while become a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be regarded as a forest?
Is it not yet a very little while Till Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, And the fruitful field be esteemed as a forest?
[Is] it not yet a very
shall be turned
into a fruitful field
and the fruitful field
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as a forest
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1 tn The Hebrew text phrases this as a rhetorical question, “Is it not yet a little, a short [time]?”
2 sn The meaning of this verse is debated, but it seems to depict a reversal in fortunes. The mighty forest of Lebanon (symbolic of the proud and powerful, see 2:13; 10:34) will be changed into a common orchard, while the common orchard (symbolic of the oppressed and lowly) will grow into a great forest. See J. N. Oswalt, Isaiah (NICOT), 1:538.