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God responds with a series of promises.  The foremost of these is the healing of the people’s maladies by the divine Physician.  God’s renewed relationship with Israel is likened to the dew that provides the only moisture available to flowers and trees during the long and dry summer season in Palestine.  It is also linked to the olive tree, which is considered especially valuable, a sort of crown of the fruit trees.  Its foliage provides shade, and freshness and its oil is used as food, skin lotion, and as fuel for lights.  Additionally, the great cedars of Lebanon are considered the most useful of the large-growth trees in the lands of the Bible.  Their highly prized lumber serves for the construction of temples and royal palaces.  The roots planted by God will produce such an abundance of fresh plants that Israel will become a garden full of blessings for the whole world.    


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