The Guidance of the Eye
Psalm 32:8-9
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: I will guide you with my eye.…

We have many organs, but none so expressive as the eye; many languages, but none so eloquent as that of looks. But what they say can only be interpreted by affection. We guide strangers by the directing finger or the spoken word, and servants by commands, but friends by the eye. And these understand. Therefore this promise assures us that we are not servants, but friends. Of old God spake by Urim and Thummim; but now by His eye. And it is our fault, our wayward will, that hinders our being thus guided. But as rational and as redeemed men, the guiding invitation of the eye should suffice to rule us. And how gracious of our God to adopt this method with us. The Gospel is a guiding of us with the eye; our whole spiritual life is ruled and shaped by love. But, remember, if any will not be thus guided, God will hold them in with bit and bridle. "If you will be as beasts before Him, He will deal with you as with beasts:" the cold, sharp bit will be thrust between your teeth, and the lash not spared.

(S. Cox, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

WEB: I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go. I will counsel you with my eye on you.

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