These things have you done, and I kept silence; you thought that I was altogether such an one as yourself: but I will reprove you…
I. GOD FULLY OBSERVES THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN SIN, This evident —
1. From His nature (Psalm 139.).
2. From the declaration of the Bible (Psalm 94:9-11).
3. From the universal consciousness of sinners: they feel that God knows their sins.
4. From the retribution that has overtaken sinners even in this world.
II. FOR A TIME HE FORBEARS WITH THE ENORMITY OF HUMAN SIN. "I kept silence."
1. The spiritual improvement of humanity requires this, and —
2. The mediation of Christ explains it.
III. HE THOROUGHLY UNDERSTANDS THE REASON OF HUMAN SIN. "Thou thoughtest," etc.
1. Sinners act as if they could conceal their sins from God as from man.
2. As if God thinks lightly of sin, or that time will make him, as it makes men, forget sin.
IV. HE WILL ASSUREDLY AWARD PUNISHMENT FOR HUMAN SIN. cf. Ecclesiastes 8:11-13. In that day God will set man's sins in order.
1. As to their real character.
2. Their terrible influence.
3. Their true desert. Sin, therefore, must either be punished or pardoned, as it can be in Christ.
(David Thomas, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.