They meet with darkness in the daytime
Which may denote their infatuation in things the most plain and clear, and which are obvious to everyone's view, even to such as are of much meaner capacities the themselves; and so it sometimes is, that the greatest politicians, men of the greatest sagacity and penetration, capable of forming and conducting the wisest counsels, yet blunder in things plain and easy to everyone; which must be imputed to their being given up to a judicial blindness of mind by the Lord, who destroys the wisdom of the wise, and brings to nothing the understanding of the prudent; or this may signify the defeat of their counsels, when they are in the highest pitch of esteem among men, as Ahithophel's counsel was as the oracle of God; or the destruction of such persons and their schemes when they are in the meridian of their glory, who being in high and slippery places, come to desolation in a moment:
and grope in the noon day as in the night;
which intends the same as before; this was threatened to the Jews in case of disobedience, and was fulfilled in them, ( Deuteronomy 28:29 ) ( Isaiah 59:9 Isaiah 59:10 ) ; a learned man renders it, "as the night they grope", or "feel, at noon day" F20; as the Egyptians felt darkness when it was noon, and when light was in all the dwellings of the Israelites, ( Exodus 10:22 Exodus 10:23 ) ; this may be applied to the case of many in a land of Gospel light, who are in darkness, walk in darkness, and are darkness itself; though the light of the glorious Gospel shines all around them on others, and know no more of divine and spiritual things than the Gentiles, but grope or feel about like persons blind, and in the dark as much as they, ( Acts 17:27 ) ; nay, they not only have the great things of the Gospel hid from them, and Satan blinds their minds lest this light should shine into them, but "they run into darkness" F21, as the words of the first clause may be rendered; those "lucifugae", such as the Jews were, and the Deists now are run from the light of divine revelation, and love darkness, and which is the aggravation of their condemnation, ( John 3:19 John 3:20 ) .
F20 (wvvmy hlylk) "tanquam noctum palpant", Schultens.
F21 (wvnpy) "incurrent", V. L. "incurrunt", Vatablus, Mercerus.