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Israel cries out to me, 'Our God, we acknowledge you!'
King James Bible
Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.
Darby Bible Translation
They shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee; [we], Israel.
World English Bible
They cry to me, 'My God, we Israel acknowledge you!'
Young's Literal Translation
To Me they cry, 'My God, we -- Israel -- have known Thee.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Israel shalt cry - The rapidity of the eagle's flight is well imitated in the rapidity of the sentences in this place.
My God, we know thee - The same sentiment, from the same sort of persons, under the same feelings, as that in the Gospel of St. Matthew, Matthew 7:29 : "Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? Then will I profess unto them, I never Knew You."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Oh! how ten-thousand-fold merciful is God, that, looking down upon the race of man, he does not smite it our of existence. We see from our text that God looks upon man; for he says of Ephraim, "I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing." But see how, when he observes the sin of man, he does not dash him away and spurn him with his foot; he does not shake him by the neck over the gulf of hell, until his brain doth reel and then drop him forever; but …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855
That the Unskilful Venture not to Approach an Office of Authority.
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
Whenever God slew them, they would seek him; they eagerly turned to him again.
They do not cry out to me from their hearts but wail on their beds. They slash themselves, appealing to their gods for grain and new wine, but they turn away from me.
But Israel has rejected what is good; an enemy will pursue him.
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