O barren one!
You who did not bear!
Burst into song!
You who have not been in labor!
The children of the desolate woman
Will be more
Than the children of her
That is married.’
‘Enlarge the site place of your tent!
Let the curtains of your habitations
Be stretched out!
Do not hold back!
Lengthen your cords!
Strengthen your stakes!
You will spread out to the right.
You will spread out to the left.
Will possess the nations.
They will settle
The desolate towns.’”
Jerusalem was the barren city that had no children because of the Exile. Now they were to sing and shout because the barren one was about to have many children, even more that the married women. They were now going to enlarge the place for their tents. Their land would be stretched out so that they would need more cords and stakes for their tents. They were about to spread out to the right and the left. Their descendants would possess many nations and repopulate many desolate towns.