And while he lingered, the men laid hold on his hand, and on the hand of his wife, and on the hand of his two daughters…
1. Saints by infirmity may delay their own salvation, when hastened by the messengers of God. Flesh may hinder and delay.
2. Providence orders His angels to take hold of hands to deliver, when they cannot persuade hearts. Works shall do what words did not.
3. God's angels leave not the conduct of His saints until they set them without danger.
4. God's free grace and mercy to His servants is the only cause of all their deliverance by angels (ver. 16).
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.