Following this action of the prophet a word of Jehovah came to him which he was especially commanded to write in a book. In a remarkable way it first set forth two things side by side. The first and fundamental was the ultimate determination of God to accomplish His purpose, and restore His people. The second was the appalling condition of the people, so that there was no hope for them except this determination of God.
In setting forth the love that will not let His people go, in spite of all their waywardness and folly, this first movement stands without a rival in all the words of the prophets.
the Second Week after Epiphany