Now we hear the prophet as he appealed to Jehovah to be his Defender, and. finally, we hear the divine determination. concerning his evil neighbors.
This peril was revealed to him by Jehovah. It was a plot against his life. He appealed to the Lord, and was told by the declaration of His knowledge of the plot, and of the fact that the severest punishments would be meted out to these men.
The prophet then poured out his soul in questions to God. Why is it, he asked, that the wicked prosper? "How long shall the land mourn?" Jehovah's answer indicated that the things he had seen, and the trials through which he had passed were as nothing to those which awaited him. Those to come were by comparison as horses to footmen, as the swelling of Jordan to a land of peace. Concerning His people Jehovah declared that He had forsaken them. With this statement of the case the prophet agreed. He saw the judgment, and recognized its: righteousness. Jehovah then declared that the evil neighbors of the prophet would be plucked up with Judah, but that there would yet be a way of deliverance for them, for He would visit them in compassion.
the Second Week after Epiphany