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. THE SOURCES FROM WHENCE THESE CONVICTIONS ARE TO BE DERIVED.
1. The relation of the sufferers. Our brethren.
2. The wretchedness of their state.
3. Our orders to succour them.
4. The possibility of affording them succour.
5. The facilities we have in this cause of compassion.
(2) The grace of God.
6. That even the effort we have made in this work furnish evidence of our guilt.
II. WHAT INFLUENCE SHOULD THESE CONVICTIONS PRODUCE?
1. The depravity of human nature will be acknowledged.
2. Deep and godly sorrow will be felt.
3. It will lead us to apply to the mercy of God.
4. It will awaken zeal.
(J. Summerfield, M. A.)
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."