1 Thus saith the LORD, Where [is] theMeaning, that he has not forsaken her, but through her own opportunity as in (Hos_2:2).bill of your mother's divorcement,Who would declare that I have cut her off: meaning, that they could show no one.whom I have put away? or which of my creditors [is it]Signifying, that he sold them not for any debt or poverty, but that they sold themselves to sins to buy their own lusts and pleasures.to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.
2 He came by his prophets and ministers, but they would not believe their doctrine and convert.Why, when I came, [was there] no man? when I called, [was there] none to answer? Is my handAm I not able to help you, as I have helped your fathers of old, when I dried up the Red sea, and killed the fish in the rivers, and also afterward in Jordan?shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish smelleth rotten, because [there is] no water, and dieth for thirst.
3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I makeAs I did in Egypt in token of my displeasure, (Exo_10:21).sackcloth their covering.
4 The Lord GOD hath givenThe prophet represents here the person and charge of them that are justly called to the ministry by God's word.me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to [him that is]To him that is oppressed by affliction and misery.weary: he awakeneth morning by morning, he awakeneth my ear to hearAs they who are taught, and made meet by him.as the learned.
5 The Lord God hath opened mine eare and I was not rebellious, neither turned I backe.
6 I gave my back to theI did not shrink from God for any persecution or calamity. By which he shows that the true ministers of God can look for no other recompense of the wicked, but after this sort, and also that is their comfort.smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
7 For the Lord God will helpe me, therefore shall I not bee confounded: therefore haue I set my face like a flint, and I knowe that I shall not be ashamed.
8 Hee is neere that iustifieth mee: who will contend with me? Let vs stande together: who is mine aduersarie? let him come neere to me.
9 Beholde, the Lord God will helpe me: who is he that can condemne me? loe, they shall waxe olde as a garment: the mothe shall eate them vp.
10 Showing that it is a rare thing that any should obey correctly God's true ministers, though they labour to bring them from hell to heaven.Who [is] among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh [in] darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and rely upon his God.
11 Behold, all ye that kindleYou have sought consolation by your own devises, and have refused the light and consolation which God has offered: therefore you will remain in sorrow and not be comforted.a fire, that surround [yourselves] with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks [that] ye have kindled. This shall ye have of my hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.