It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do to them; that they may return every man from his evil way…
I. THIS WORD SHOWS US THE HEART OF GOD. Displeased because of sin, but longing to show mercy to the sinner. All His counsels and warnings, promises and threatenings, are for good (Deuteronomy 5:29-33; Deuteronomy 32:44-47; Isaiah 1:18-20; Jeremiah 8:7-11; Ezekiel 12:3; Ezekiel 18:31; Hosea 11:1-8; John 3:16, 17; Luke 19:10, 41, 42).
II. THIS WORD REVEALS THE GRAND POSSIBILITIES OF HUMAN LIFE.
1. Earnest attention (ver. 3).
2. Penitential prayer (ver. 7).
3. Moral reconciliation. The hindrances to peace are not with God, but with us.
III. THIS WORD HOLDS OUT ENCOURAGEMENT TO ALL TRUE WORKERS FOR CHRIST.
2. Holy endeavour.
3. Missionary enterprise.
(W. Forsyth, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.