Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree…
A gentleman who has had long experience of life in America, and who has watched the forests of Canada, told me that when they cut down there the natural growth — the thorns and the briars — the wild birch, that is not good for much — the maple, and other such trees — there do not grow up again the same trees that were cut down. Strange to say, the fir tree springs up all over the ground. It is as if the seeds of the fir were held there latent, waiting the opportunity, and no sooner is the opportunity given than they spring up and grow. Is not that an emblem of grace, the seeds of which may have been sown in the heart long ago by early instruction, by impressions made in former years, or by more recent impressions of a religious kind? Is not that an indication of how these seeds will spring up at once if you but lay the axe to the root of these other trees, and bring them to the ground?
(A. Raleigh, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.