“A Spirit from on high is
Poured out on us.
The wilderness becomes a fruitful field.
The fruitful field is deemed a forest.
Then justice will dwell in the wilderness.
Righteousness will abide in the fruitful field.
The effect of righteousness will be peace.
The result of righteousness is quietness.
The result of righteousness is trust forever.
My people will abide
In a peaceful habitation,
In secure dwellings,
In quiet resting places.
The forest will disappear.
The city will be utterly laid low.
Happy will you be
Who sow beside every stream.
You will let the ox range freely.
You will let the donkey range freely.”
Into this desolate situation, Isaiah inserts a ray of hope. The Spirit of Yahweh will descend on his people. The wilderness will become a fruitful field, almost like a forest. Justice shall dwell in the wilderness, while righteousness will be in the fruitful fields. This righteousness will bring peace, quiet, and everlasting trust. You will live peacefully in secure houses with quiet resting places. The city and the forest will disappear. You will lead a happy life sowing along streams and letting your ox and donkeys graze freely. This will be the ideal time of peaceful farmers.