Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD has spoken, I have nourished and brought up children…
I. THE WRITER (ver. 1).
II. THE CHARACTER OF THE PEOPLE (vers. 2-6).
III. THE FRUITS OF THIS CHARACTER (vers. 7-9).
IV. FALSE EFFORTS TO OBTAIN RELIEF (vers. 10-15). Murderers may be found at church, making their attendance a cloak for their iniquity or an atonement for their crime. God cannot become a party to such horrible trading.
V. THE TRUE WAY OF DELIVERANCE (vers. 16-18). God not only describes the disease, but provides the remedy. The fountain is provided; sinners must wash in it — must confess, forsake, get the right spirit, and do right.
(J. Sanderson, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.