For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall you be saved…
Let us ponder the four words which the prophet here uses to indicate in what direction their salvation lay, and upon what terms they might be sure of the Divine interposition and abiding protection.
1. "Returning." Instead of going to Egypt for help, and impoverishing themselves by an alliance forbidden, senseless, and unprofitable, they might be assured of God's forgiveness and favour by returning in brokeness of spirit to Him. The place of confession is the place of forgiveness.
2. "Rest." The meaning is, or course, such a resting in God as would prove the genuineness of their return to Him. Vain was their reliance on the multitude of chariots and the strong body of cavalry to which they would point as a valuable addition to the fighting strength of Judah (Isaiah 31:3).
3. "Quietness." How the very word rebukes the haste, excitement, and trepidation with which they had prepared for the siege of their city!
(J. G. Mantle.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.