O LORD, do not Your eyes look for truth? You struck them, but they felt no pain. You finished them off, but they refused to accept discipline. They have made their faces harder than stone and refused to repent.
Cross ReferencesLeviticus 26:23
And if in spite of these things you do not accept My discipline, but continue to walk in hostility toward Me,
2 Kings 1:13
So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. And the third captain went up, fell on his knees before Elijah, and begged him, "Man of God, may my life and the lives of these fifty servants please be precious in your sight.
2 Chronicles 16:9
For the eyes of the LORD roam throughout the earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is fully devoted to Him. You have acted foolishly in this matter. From now on, therefore, you will be at war."
2 Chronicles 28:22
In the time of his distress, King Ahaz became even more unfaithful to the LORD.
"They struck me, but I feel no pain! They beat me, but I did not know it! When can I wake up to search for another drink?"
Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, yet his folly will not depart from him.
Why do you want more beatings? Why do you keep rebelling? Your head has a massive wound, and your whole heart is afflicted.
But the people did not return to Him who struck them; they did not seek the LORD of Hosts.
"I have struck your sons in vain; they accepted no discipline. Your own sword has devoured your prophets like a voracious lion.
Yet they would not listen to Me or incline their ear, but they stiffened their necks and did more evil than their fathers.'
Therefore you must say to them: This is the nation that would not listen to the voice of the LORD their God and would not receive correction. Truth has perished; it has disappeared from their lips.
Why then have these people turned away? Why does Jerusalem always turn away? They cling to deceit; they refuse to return.
"Thus says the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel: 'I am about to bring on this city and on all the villages around it every disaster I have pronounced against them, because they have stiffened their necks so as not to heed My words.'"
"This is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the men of Judah and residents of Jerusalem: 'Will you not accept discipline and obey My words?' declares the LORD.
They are obstinate and hardhearted children. I am sending you to them, and you are to say to them, 'This is what the Lord GOD says.'
Behold, I will make your face as hard as their faces, and your forehead as hard as their foreheads.
Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our iniquities and paying attention to Your truth.
"I beset all your cities with cleanness of teeth and all your towns with lack of bread, yet you did not return to Me." declares the LORD.
She heeded no voice; she accepted no instruction. She does not trust in the LORD; she has not drawn near to her God.
But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder; they stopped up their ears from hearing.
Chapter Outline1. The judgments of God upon the people, for their perverseness;
7. for their adultery;
10. for their impiety;
15. for their worship of idols;
19. for their contempt of God;
25. and for their great corruption in the civil state;
30. and ecclesiastical.
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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
are not thine.
2 Chronicles 16:9
thou hast stricken.
2 Chronicles 28:22
Isaiah 1:5, 6
Zephaniah 3:1, 2, 7
they have made.
Zechariah 7:11, 12
Romans 2:4, 5
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