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Psalm 65:12

ESV The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy,
NIV The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness.
NASB The pastures of the wilderness drip, And the hills encircle themselves with rejoicing.
CSB The wilderness pastures overflow, and the hills are robed with joy.
NLT The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture, and the hillsides blossom with joy.
KJV They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.

What does Psalm 65:12 mean?

David gives further evidence of God's gracious hand in nature (Romans 1:18–20). He writes that the pastures of the uncultivated land overflow. Likely, he refers to grass and wildflowers. The scene is beautiful and brings joy to those who see it. Much of this beauty was part of God's guarantees about the Promised Land (Ezekiel 20:6), conditioned on the nation's obedience to Him (Deuteronomy 30:15–16).

This description also foreshadows earth's millennial kingdom: the thousand years when Jesus rules the world directly and in person. The curse placed upon the earth because of Adam's sin will be reversed, and nature will return to its Edenic splendor. Isaiah predicts, "The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God" (Isaiah 35:1–2). Isaiah predicts that the Lord will open rivers on the barren heights, the dry land will hold springs of water, and the desert will be forested (Isaiah 41:18–19).
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