Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil on this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not listened to my words…
I. THOUGHT HAS FRUIT. In all departments of life its fruit is seen - scientific, political, social, moral, religious. Thoughts are born in some one mind. Sown by words spoken or written, and by the influence of the lives of those in whom they are born; they germinate by contact with other minds; they appear above ground in the tendencies of any given age; they bear fruit in the achievements of the age.
II. THOUGHT BEARS GOOD FRUIT OR EVIL, ACCORDING AS THE LAW OF GOD IS HEEDED OR REJECTED. "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to that Word."
III. THE CHIEF PARTAKER OF THE FRUIT OF THOUGHT WILL BE THE THINKER. (Cf. text.) And it is true both of good thoughts and ill. As a man thinketh so is he. CONCLUSION. Let it be our prayer that we may come into full sympathy with him who said, "How precious are thy thoughts unto me, O God!" So shall the fruit of our thoughts be precious likewise. - C.
Parallel VersesKJV: Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.