Judges 10* Tola and Jair judge Israel. (1-5) The Philistines andAmmonites oppress Israel. (6-9) Israel's repentance. (10-18)1-5 Quiet and peaceable reigns, though the best to live in,yield least variety of matter to be spoken of. Such were thedays of Tola and Jair. They were humble, active, and useful men,rulers appointed of God. 6-9 Now the threatening was fulfilled, that the Israelitesshould have no power to stand before their enemies, #Le26:17,37|. By their evil ways and their evil doings theyprocured this to themselves. 10-18 God is able to multiply men's punishments according tothe numbers of their sins and idols. But there is hope whensinners cry to the Lord for help, and lament their ungodlinessas well as their more open transgressions. It is necessary, intrue repentance, that there be a full conviction that thosethings cannot help us which we have set in competition with God.They acknowledged what they deserved, yet prayed to God not todeal with them according to their deserts. We must submit toGod's justice, with a hope in his mercy. True repentance is notonly for sin, but from sin. As the disobedience and misery of achild are a grief to a tender father, so the provocations ofGod's people are a grief to him. From him mercy never can besought in vain. Let then the trembling sinner, and the almostdespairing backslider, cease from debating about God's secretpurposes, or from expecting to find hope from formerexperiences. Let them cast themselves on the mercy of God ourSaviour, humble themselves under his hand, seek deliverance fromthe powers of darkness, separate themselves from sin, and fromoccasions of it, use the means of grace diligently, and wait theLord's time, and so they shall certainly rejoice in his mercy.
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