“For the L‑rd your G‑d is bringing you to a good land, a land with brooks of water, fountains and depths that emerge in valleys and mountains; a land of wheat and barley, vines and figs and pomegranates, a land of oil-producing olives and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity—you will lack nothing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose mountains you will hew copper. You will eat and be sated, and you shall bless the L‑rd your G‑d for the good land He has given you. Beware that you do not forget the L‑rd your G‑d . . .” (8:7–11)

In these verses the word “land” is repeated seven times, emphasizing the bounty of the land and the natural resources with which it is blessed. The painting highlights abundant sources of water, with streams of water flowing from the valleys and mountains, as well as the fertility of the green verdant land, its golden grains, and the metallic resources embedded in the ground.

Israel, a “land of mountains and valleys,” is fed by the rain, unlike the land of Egypt, where water came from the Nile. In the painting we feel how the land is revived by the rain from heaven, while the sky reflects the exuberance and vibrancy of the earth.

The land’s blessing of good bread and sweet water are what the people hungered for during their long sojourn in the wilderness, and the painting exudes the feeling of celebration in anticipation of entering the land.

“Flowing with milk and honey,” Israel is characterized by the seven species. In the painting the fields have many flowers affording food for the bees to make honey, while the pasture provides for an abundance of milk. After extracting the many benefits of the land, and after we eat and are satisfied, we are called upon to bless G‑d for our “goodly land.”