Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
The penitent sinner's hope is in God's mercy only.
1, 2. depths--for great distress
(Ps 40:2; 69:3).
3. shouldest mark--or, "take strict account"
(Job 10:14; 14:16),
implying a confession of the existence of sin.
who shall stand--
Standing is opposed to the guilty sinking down in fear and
Re 6:15, 16).
The question implies a negative, which is thus more strongly stated.
4. Pardon produces filial fear and love. Judgment without the hope
of pardon creates fear and dislike. The sense of forgiveness, so far
from producing licentiousness, produces holiness
Eze 16:62, 63;
"There is forgiveness with thee, not that thou mayest be presumed upon,
5, 6. wait for the Lord--in expectation
watch for, &c.--in earnestness and anxiety.
7, 8. Let Israel, &c.--that is, All are invited to seek and share
from all his iniquities--or, "punishments of them"