For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the middle of her,
1. The professors of the truth, when God giveth them over unto themselves, become so odiously sinful, that their enemies shall cry out at them for it.
(1) They have no power to restrain from evil, but only from the Lord.
(2) God giveth the wicked to see and exclaim against the sins of professors, though they be blind in their own.
2. When we regard not to walk in the truth, God will give us over to do we know not what, and wander we cannot tell whither.
(1) It is a branch of His judgment threatened (Romans 1:28).
(2) He will let men see in their own experience, what a miserable way they walk in that have not Him for their guide.
3. We are easily brought to flatter ourselves, and to promise ourselves much felicity.
(1) We do not rightly weigh the weight of God's anger, and the desert of our sins.
(2) Our affections labour to be persuaded of that they desire to enjoy.
4. It is a great fault for him that professeth to make conscience of his word, to report that which he hath no ground for.
(1) It is a mark of a busybody to employ himself where there is no need.
(2) It argueth the heart to be most light and vain that setteth the tongue on work with such uncertain things.
(3) It is the cause that many untruths be reported, and consequently of many sins.
Parallel VersesKJV: For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,