The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
I. CERTAIN CHARACTERS HERE SPOKEN OF. "The wise." God's Word sets two characters before us — the godly and the ungodly. But there are various grades of both. The godly, or wise, are not so by natural intellect. They are the wise whom God esteems to be wise, and whom God makes wise. Though wise, they have much foolishness at times still in them; but they know the plague of their own heart. They know Christ. And they know something of the world's emptiness.
II. THE COURSE THAT THEY TAKE. "Depart from hell beneath." God's Word says hell is a place, just as heaven is a place. Then they are wise who fear that dreadful place, and seek to depart from it, and avoid all peril of it. But the wise also take the "way of life." By this we understand the place to which they go, the way by which they go to it, and their mode of walking in it.
III. A DESCRIPTIVE CHARACTER GIVEN OF THAT COURSE. "Above." This is applicable as well to the end of the way, which is life; and the way to it, which is Christ; and their mode of walking in it, which is by faith.
(J. H. Evans, M.A.)
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