Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate…
There is a mystery of mercy in the destruction and salvation; but for the destruction and the salvation meeting together in the fulness of time, the race of mankind would all be lost. There are questions we constantly insist on asking with reference to the number of the saved and the lost. I fear we often try to make out a case for the smallest number of the saved; while some are fond of calling the New Jerusalem, the Church, "a Zoar" — "a little one." The Book is a wondrous record of the story of the remnant of grace which God has preserved in every age.
(E. Paxton Hood.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.