And they said, The God of the Hebrews has met with us: let us go, we pray you, three days' journey into the desert…
1. God's ambassadors must not forsake His message, upon man's denial.
2. Further arguments must press God's message, when the proposal is not enough.
3. The God of the Hebrews must be owned by them, though despised by Pharaoh.
4. Relation unto God, and call from Him necessitates souls to follow His commands.
5. Although God command powers, yet it beseemeth His people to entreat them.
6. To go at God's call, and serve Him only after His will must be insisted on by His.
7. Small desires of the Church for God, leave powers on earth inexusable in denying.
8. To sacrifice to God and to feast with Him are synonymous.
9. Entreaties from powers to serve God for averting His judgments is reasonable.
10. Pestilence and sword are God's judgments exacting the neglect of His service.
11. These plagues are incident on all that neglect God, but much more on them that forbid others to serve Him.
12. The fear of these judgments should awe souls from slighting His message to them.
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.
WEB: They said, "The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go three days' journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to Yahweh, our God, lest he fall on us with pestilence, or with the sword."