They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return to her again?…
A church is sometimes astounded by. the fall of some professor in it: this is the fruit, not the seed or the beginning of backsliding. So a man is laid on a sick bed, but the disorder has only now arrived at its crisis; it has for some time been working in his system, and has at length burst out and laid him low. So the sin of departing from God and secretly declining has been going on while the profession has still been maintained; the process of back. sliding has been working silently yet surely until a temptation has at last opened the way for its bursting forth, to the scandal of God's people and true religion. In the sight of God the man was fallen before, we only now have first discovered it.
(H. G. Salter.)
Parallel VersesKJV: They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.
WEB: "They say, 'If a man puts away his wife, and she goes from him, and become another man's, will he return to her again?' Wouldn't that land be greatly polluted? But you have played the prostitute with many lovers; yet return again to me," says Yahweh.