Verse 7. Shall they escape by iniquity? Will such wickedness as this stand them in good stead? Can it be that this conduct shall enable them to avoid the sentence of earthly punishment? They slander the good man to screen themselves -- will this avail them? They have cunningly managed hitherto, but will there not be an end to their games?
In thine anger cast down the people, O God. Trip them up in their tricks. Hurl them from the Tarpeian rock. A persecuted man finds a friend even in an angry God, how much more in the God of love! When men seek to cast us down, it is but natural and not at all unlawful to pray that they may be disabled from the accomplishment of their infamous designs. What God often does we may safely ask him to do.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGSNone.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
- From iniquity there is an escape.
- By iniquity there is no escape. The mercy of God
secures the one. The justice of God prevents the
other. G. R.