For the earth which drinks in the rain that comes oft on it, and brings forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed…
1. The thing signified in general is sinful man, and especially his heart.
2. The second protasis or proposition is concerning bad ground, which —
(1) Appears to be bad by bearing thorns and briers.
(2) Is used as bad ground.
(a) By being rejected.
(b) Nigh unto cursing.
(c) In the end burned. This ground is a bad heart, which is manifested by the fruits, which are words and deeds, tending to the dishonour of God, and the hurt of man.And this sin is so much the greater because of the means of grace and workings of the Spirit over and above the light of nature, which God hath graciously afforded them. The punishment of this barrenness in all fruitfulness in sin followeth.
Parallel VersesKJV: For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: