If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie to his neighbor in that which was delivered him to keep…
I. A NEIGHBOURLY CONVENIENCE.
1. How helpful a neighbour may become.
2. How grand is this confidence in another.
3. How mutually dependent we are one upon another.
4. How honourable we should be in all transactions.
5. How jealously we should strive to merit implicit trust.
II. A HAZARDOUS TRANSACTION.
1. Man's reliableness is sorely discredited by continuous breaches of faith.
2. Treasure becomes often a serious anxiety to its possessor.
3. No security can be guaranteed in any earthly confidence.
III. A DOUBTFUL ALTERNATIVE. There was another method adopted, when a man was about to journey, if he could not trust his neighbour: he would conceal his .treasures underground.
IV. A SPIRITUAL ANALOGY. This committing treasure to a neighbour suggests Paul's imagery of the soul committed to Christ (2 Timothy 1:12, see also vers. 14, and 1 Timothy 6:20).
1. Christ is faithful to our trust.
2. We cannot safely risk our souls in other keeping.
(W. H. Jellie.)
Parallel VersesKJV: If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;