Isaiah 7: 23-25. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place shall be, where there were a thousand vines at a thousand silverings, it shall even be for briers and thorns. With arrows and with bows shall men come thither: because all the land shall become briers and thorns. And on all hills that shall be digged with the mattock, there shall not come thither the fear of briers and thorns: but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattle.”
Assyria would so destroy the land that nothing but briers and thorns would grow where once there had been vineyards, olive trees, and other crops. Where there had been a thousand vines worth a thousand silver shekels, there would be nothing but weeds.
Men would hunt animals with bow and arrow where once there had been agriculture. Domestic animals would wander at will , and would be hunted for food.
A mattock was a tool used to plow the earth on hillsides where a plow couldn’t be easily used. It was short-handled, with a wider sharp blade at one end and pointed at the other. After the battle was over, men wouldn’t even be able to plow with such a tool because of the unchecked growth of briers and thorns, and the roaming of oxen and cows that would tread down any growth.
We see here barrenness of the earth, and barrenness of the heart of the small remnant left alive in the land. We cannot turn our backs on God and expect anything else.