They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
I. HOW IS IT PERSONS REACH THIS STATE OF EASY CONFIDENCE?
1. There is a disposition to acknowledge in a general way that they are sinners, though also to palliate the enormity of sin, and to gloss it over with the gentle epithet of an infirmity.
2. Then, to make all right, secure, and comfortable, the sentiment is cherished that God is merciful and will overlook our infirmities. But this mercy, so vaguely trusted in, is not the mercy which has been made the subject of an actual offer from God to man. He has stepped forth to relieve us from the debt of sin.
II. THE EVILS OF SUCH A FALSE CONFIDENCE.
1. It casts an aspersion on the character of God.
2. It is hostile to the cause of practical righteousness, since it tends to obliterate all restraints, on the specious plea of all-availing mercy, and leaves every man to sin just as much as he likes.
(T. Chalmers, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.