Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD has spoken, I have nourished and brought up children…
The sermon which is contained in this chapter hath in it —
I. A HIGH CHARGE exhibited in God's name against the Jewish Church and nation.
1. For their ingratitude (vers. 2, 3).
2. For their incorrigibleness (ver. 5).
3. For the universal corruption and degeneracy of the people (vers. 4, 6, 21, 22).
4. For their rulers' perverting of justice (ver. 23).
II. A SAD COMPLAINT OF THE JUDGMENTS OF GOD which they had brought upon themselves by their sins, and by which they were brought almost to utter ruin (rots. 7-9).
III. A JUST REJECTION OF THOSE SHOWS AND SHADOWS OF RELIGION which they kept up among them, notwithstanding this general defection and apostasy (vers. 10-15).
IV. AN EARNEST CALL TO REPENTANCE AND REFORMATION, setting before them life and death (vers. 16-20).
V. A THREATENING OF RUIN TO THOSE THAT WOULD NOT BE REFORMED (vers. 24, 28-31).
VI. A PROMISE OF A HAPPY REFORMATION AT LAST, and a return to their primitive purity and prosperity (vers. 25-27). And all this is to be applied by us, not only to the communities we are members of, in their public interests, but to the state of our own souls.
( M. Henry.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.