And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honorable than they.…
I. THE FORMS OF RESTRAINT FROM SIN.
1. They appear in external appliances. The revealed Word of God stands in the way as a hindrance to what is wrong, and a guide to good-will to man and obedience to the Lord, if only fairly consulted.
2. In addresses to the understanding. The remembrance of some words of God, or the words of some man, overheard or directly spoken to you, may be the means of placing in light some dark feature of thought, or some evil action.
3. In stirrings of conscience. These are graduated from an almost insuperable prohibition to the scarcely perceptible whisper of doubt.
4. In excite-merits of the emotions. Each pang of remorse, and each thrill of fear, utter, in different forms, "Keep back from sin."
II. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF RESTRAINTS FROM SIN.
1. They are frequent.
2. They are progressive. If being turned aside will not induce a retreat, there will be a crushing of the foot.
3. They are near, though oft unnoticed.
(D. G. Watt, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than they.