For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall you be saved…
I am to be like General Gordon in Khartoum during the last weeks of the long siege. He built himself a tower of observation, from the top of which he could command the whole country round. At dawn he slept; by day he looked to his defences, and administered justice, and cheered the spirit of his people; every night he mounted to his tower, and there, as one of his biographers says, "alone with his God, a universal sentinel, he kept watch over the ramparts, and prayed for the help that never came." He could not work out the deliverance himself, but he had childlike confidence in God. And the Divine help did come — the martyr's crown, the everlasting rest, the good soldier's welcome from his Commander-in-chief.
(A. Smellie, M. A.)
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.