Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he has stretched forth his hand against them, and has smitten them…
I. IN GOD'S INFINITE NATURE THERE IS THE QUALITY OF ANGER. It is not a stormy passion, like wrath in sinful man, but the settled, intense, burning antagonism to moral evil which must necessarily exist in one who is infinitely perfect. The man who most nearly resembles God will be "angry and sin not?"
II. GOD'S ANGER MAY BE KINDLED BY THE SPIRIT AND CONDUCT OF HIS PEOPLE. "Therefore is the anger of the Lord kindled against His people." Guilt is in proportion to the light and privilege abused.
III. GOD'S ANGER MAY MANIFEST ITSELF IN ACTUAL AND FEARFUL PUNISHMENT. It is an active antagonism to moral evil. "He hath stretched forth His hand against them," etc. The hand of God is the symbol of His mighty power. "It is a fearful thing to fall," etc.
(H. M. Booth.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
WEB: Therefore Yahweh's anger burns against his people, and he has stretched out his hand against them, and has struck them. The mountains tremble, and their dead bodies are as refuse in the midst of the streets. For all this, his anger is not turned away, but his hand is still stretched out.