And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every slave…
I. ITS UNEXAMPLED STRANGENESS. Who ever saw a lamb in a rage? The more difficulty you have in exciting wrath, the more terrible it is when it appears.
II. ITS INFINITE PURITY. "The Lamb" is the emblem of innocence. This wrath of the "Lamb" is not a passion, but a principle. It is not malign, but benevolent. It is not against existence, but against its sins and its crimes. Conclusion: Learn from this that we turn our greatest blessing into the greatest curse. Our optic and auricular organs may become so diseased as to give to the most beautiful objects and melodious sounds in nature a power to convey into us the most poignant anguish, and so our moral nature may become so corrupt as to turn love into wrath, and blessedness into misery.
Parallel VersesKJV: And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;