They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.
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Augustine of Hippo
16. "The ends of the desert shall grow fat, and the hills shall be encircled with exultation" (ver. 12). Plains, hills, ends of the desert, the same are also men. Plains, because of the equality: because of equality, I say, from thence just peoples have been called plains. Hills, because of lifting up: because God doth lift up in Himself those that humble themselves. Ends of the desert are all nations. Wherefore ends of the desert? Deserted they were, to them no Prophet had been sent they were in like case as is a desert where no man passeth by. No word of God was sent to the nations: to the people Israel alone the Prophets preached. We came to the Lord; the wheat believed among that same people of the Jews. For He said at that time to the disciples, "Ye say, far off is the harvest: look back, and see how white are the lands to harvest." There hath been therefore a first harvest, there will be a second in the last age. The first harvest was of Jews, because there were sent to them Prop...
Wilderness. Or, of such places as were not ploughed. Little hay was collected, as cattle might almost always pasture.
Hills, covered with vine-trees, Joel iii. 18., and Job xx. 17. (Calmet)
The most barren will bring forth fruit, and the perfect shall advance in merit. (Worthington)