Then said he to me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood…
I. THE UTTER WANT OF MORAL TRAINING IN THOUSANDS OF HOMES is one cause of the prevalence of crime. What cares the fashionable mother or the father deeply immersed in business for the moral culture of their children? Hence they grow up in ignorance of all those moral and virtuous principles which are the great safeguards against crime. Then, in thousands of homes the overworked mother has no heart for the duties which she owes to her poor neglected children.
II. THE ALMOST UNIVERSAL DESECRATION OF THE HOLY SABBATH is another fruitful source of crime. This is God's day, and man has no right to appropriate it to pleasure or to business.
III. INTEMPERANCE is constantly adding to the long list of criminals. It is itself a crime, and the prolific source of every form of iniquity.
IV. THE LAXITY WITH WHICH THE LAWS ARE ENFORCED invites to their violation.
V. Another source of crime is THE LOW, VICIOUS LITERATURE.
VI. With shame we utter the truth, that MANY OF THE CRIMES OF THIS AGE MAY BE TRACED TO THE PULPIT. It is too tender of crime. It is afraid or ashamed to denounce sin.
(R. H. Rivers, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.
WEB: Then he said to me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perversion: for they say, Yahweh has forsaken the land, and Yahweh doesn't see.