However, he means not so, neither does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.…
"He meaneth not so."
1. The wise God often makes even the sinful passions and projects of men subservient to His own great and holy purposes.
2. When God makes use of men as instruments in His hands to do His work, it is very common for Him to mean one thing, and them to mean another; nay, for them to mean quite contrary to what He intends (Genesis 50:20; Micah 4:11, 12). Men have their ends, and God His; but we are sure "the counsel of the Lord that shall stand."
( M. Henry.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.