For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
It is a wonderful and beautiful turn which the prophet here gives to the thought of the transcendent elevation of God. The heavens are the very type of the unattainable; and to say that they are "higher than the earth", seems, at first sight, to be but to say, No man hath ascended into the heavens,' and you sinful men must grovel here down upon your plain, whilst they are far above, out of your reach. But the heavens bend. They are an arch, and not a straight line. They touch the horizon; and there come from them the sweet influences of sunshine and of rain, of dew and of blessing, which bring fertility. So they are not only far and unattainable, but friendly and beneficent, and communicative of good. Like them in true analogy, but yet infinite superiority to the best and noblest in man, is the boundless mercy of our pardoning God.
(A. Maclaren, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.