Shall not Lebanon in a very little while become a fruitful field,
and the fruitful field be regarded as a forest?
18 On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a scroll
and out of their doom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see.
What should we say, "there is nothing new under the sun"? Burma was the rice bowl of asia when I was in school. (in the 1960's) Uganda similarly regarded, and Zimbabwe. May they quickly regain their ecological health, as well as economic and social stability and well being! The writers of the bible were well aware of the changes which happened to nations, not just to rulers and kings.
Hildegard of Bingen said:
Listen: there was once a king sitting on his throne. Around him stood great and wonderfully beautiful columns ornamented with ivory, bearing the banners of the king with great honour. Then it pleased the king to raise a small feather from the ground and he commanded it to fly. The feather flew, not because of anything in itself but because the air bore it along. Thus am I
…A Feather on the Breath of God.