And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines…
I. IN THE PUNISHMENT INFLICTED THE CALAMITY WAS CLEARLY CONNECTED WITH THE SIN.
1. The sin committed is at once followed by penalty.
2. The punishment lasts whilst the transgression is unrepented of.
3. The seducers become the instruments of punishment.
II. THE UNHELPFULNESS OF IDOLATRY WAS EXPOSED. The Ammonites, whose unholy practices they had copied, take advantage of their weakness, and pitilessly despoil and harass them. The tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. Of all the gods they had served, Baal, Molech, Astarte, etc., not one could deliver them. Only Jehovah can hear, and to him they are at last driven. Even Gilead - the heroic land - is rendered helpless before the despised Ammon, as if to show that real bravery is a moral quality. And the old "fear of Israel" which kept the heathen nations back was gone. The Ammonites wax bold, and cross the Jordan even into Judah. - M.
Parallel VersesKJV: And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon.