This also comes forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.
Some may remember the story of a Rugby public school boy, who heard when studying at Oxford of the sudden death of Dr. Arnold, his old headmaster, and lamented it bitterly, as indeed everyone who had known him did, but turned to a companion who sat by, and remarked that, after all, he perhaps owed more personal benefit to a dearly loved school friend, then dead, than to his master's influence. "You did not know, then," said his companion, "that Dr. Arnold chose him for you, and gave him to you purposely for your sake?" This was a revelation to the youth which completely overcame him, and after which he was ready to fall down and worship his good headmaster's memory. A strong feeling often exists in a manly, vigorous farmer and hard working men employed under him to this effect at harvest time: "We raised those good crops, we raised and thatched those fine stacks, and we deserve what we have got." Yes, you did, replies the text, for Divine providence taught and instructed you.
(C. S. Bird, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.