The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked…
I. IMPLIES GREAT POWER. Note —
1. This exquisite sensitiveness. He is sensibility itself.
2. His abhorrence of sin. It is the "abominable thing," which He emphatically hates. His whole nature revolts from it. He feels that it is antagonism to His will, and to the order and well-being of the universe.
3. His provocation by the world.
4. His right to do whatever He pleases. He could show His anger, if He pleased, any when, anywhere, or anyhow.
II. His patience PRECLUDES NOT THE PUNISHMENT OF THE IMPENITENT. "And will not at all acquit the wicked."
1. To "acquit" the impenitent, would be an infraction of His law. He has bound suffering to sin by a law as strong and as inviolable as that which binds the planets to the sun. "The wages of sin is death."
2. To "acquit" the impenitent, would be a violation of His Word.
3. To "acquit" the impenitent, would be to break the harmony of His universe. If inveterate rebels were acquitted, what an impulse there would be given in God's moral empire to anarchy. Abuse not the patience of God; nay, avail yourselves of it.
Parallel VersesKJV: The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.