Verse 27. For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish. We must be near God to live; to be far off by wicked works is death.
Thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. If we pretend to be the Lord's servants, we must remember that he is a jealous God, and requires spiritual chastity from all his people. Offences against conjugal vows are very offensive, and all sins against God have the same element in them, and they are visited with the direst punishments. Mere heathens, who are far from God, perish in due season; but those who, being his professed people, act unfaithfully to their profession, shall come under active condemnation, and be crushed beneath his wrath. We read examples of this in Israel's history; may we never create fresh instances in our own persons.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGSNone.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
- The sad conditions.
- The terrible punishments.
- The implied consolations.