And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong…
1. Daily and successive is the care of God's saving instruments to His oppressed Church.
2. God's faithful instruments leave courtly pleasures to visit God's afflicted frequently.
3. In visiting for good the oppressed Church, sad contentions may appear among the members.
4. It is an observable evil by overseers, to see Church members striving together.
5. Duels in the Church and among its members are sad things to record.
6. Men called of God must interpose and curb the injurious and offending parties.
7. Smiting of neighbours and brethren is a sin sharply reprovable in the Church (ver. 13).
8. Injurious and offending parties are apt to recoil against rulers upon reproof.
9. Wickedness makes men question any authority of God, that would suppress them.
10. Sin will not endure to be suppressed by power; but will rage against it.
11. It is the artifice of malefactors to recriminate powers for escaping themselves.
12. Zealous avengers of God's oppressed may be terrified sometimes with the criminations of the wicked.
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?