And they said one to another, We are truly guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he sought us…
I. IT IS SURE TO AWAKEN, THOUGH IT MAY SLUMBER LONG.
II. IT IS SOMETIMES AWAKENED BY OUTWARD TROUBLE.
III. IT IS FAITHFUL AND JUST.
1. In that it brings the past accurately to mind.
2. In that it connects the penalty with the sin.
IV. IT CONVERTS MORAL DIRECTION AND REMONSTRANCE INTO REPROACH AND UPBRAIDING. Reuben became to his brethren what conscience becomes to the sinner.
V. IT REMINDS US OF MORAL PROCESSES NOW AT WORK IN THE WORLD. God's searching providence is ever bringing past sins to light. Christ's Cross reveals the darkness of the world's guilt.
(T. H. Leale.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.
WEB: They said one to another, "We are certainly guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he begged us, and we wouldn't listen. Therefore this distress has come upon us."