To me belongs vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand…
This is the culmination of the most dreadful denunciation of sinners to be found in the Bible.
I. THE INSECURITY OF THE SINNER. — A sense of sin and impending punishment is ever present in man's heart. Heathen nations of the old and of the new world recognised it, and established forms of religious worship in order to avoid it, But the Bible makes assurance doubly sure, and issues solemn warnings of the fact.
II. THE CERTAINTY OF THE RESULT. Human life knows no such thing as remaining in one place. Man is ever going forward or backward — which depends upon himself. Men shut their eyes and fancy themselves secure, None plunge headlong into the extremities of sin at once. Nearly everyone can recollect the first falsehood, the first profane word, the first dishonest act, after they have reached depths of depravity of which they never dreamed. They took the devil for their master, and he presses them hard at every turn. The down-slide is governed by an inexorable law.
III. CONSIDER WHERE THEY ARE SLIDING. Away from virtue, away from peace, away from good company, away from God! Men watch the downward progress of the drunkard with pity and disgust. The wilful wrecking of all that is noble in man seems incomprehensible.
(J. O. Peck, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.