“Be Blessed,” Yolanda Adams
Covetousness – Desiring that which belongs to another. Bible Dictionary
“Comfort For The Contrite (Repentant),” cont’d, Isaiah 57:16) For I Will Not Contend (Struggle with man) Forever, Neither Will I Be Always Wroth (Angry): For The Spirit Should Fail Before ME, And The Souls Which I Have Made. Hebrews 12:9. 17) For the iniquity of his covetousness was I Wroth, and Smote him: I HID ME, AND WAS WROTH (ANGRY), And he went frowardly (willfully contrary) in the way of his heart. 18) I Have Seen his Ways, And Will Heal him: I Will Lead him Also, And Restore Comforts Unto him And To his mourners. Psalm 73;24.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v16, GOD Will Not Contend (Struggle with man) Forever because humans will always fail. v17, Covetousness violates GOD’S COVENANT (56:11; Psalm 119:36; Jeremiah 22:17). v18, I … Will Heal: THE LORD IS THE PHYSICIAN (30:26). Mourners refer to the those who lament the destruction of Jerusalem (66:10).
Quest Study Bible – v17, “Why didn’t punishment do any good?” One Way That GOD Punishes HIS People Is To Withdraw HIS Presence From Them. Often those that are Abandoned By GOD suddenly recognize their Need For HIM And Repent. Other times, however, people are so stubborn and determined to go their own way that they refuse to admit their need. Punishment sometimes galvanizes (stirs) the resistance of those who want to rebel.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v14-21, When Troubles Last Long, Even Good Men Are Tempted To Entertain Hard Thoughts Of GOD. Therefore HE WILL NOT CONTEND (STRIVE, STRUGGLE WITH Man), For Ever, For HE WILL NOT FORSAKE THE WORK OF HIS OWN HANDS, NOR DEFEAT THE PURCHASE OF HIS SON’S BLOOD. COVETOUSNESS Is A Sin that particularly lays men under THE DIVINE Displeasure. See The Sinfulness Of Sin. See Also That Troubles Cannot Reform Men Unless GOD’S GRACE Work(s) In Them. PEACE Shall Be Published (Made Public), PERFECT PEACE. It Is The Fruit Of Preaching Lips, And Praying Lips. CHRIST CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO GENTILES, AS WELL AS TO THE JEWS; To After-Ages, Who Were Afar Off In Time, As Well As To Those Of That Age. But the wicked would not be healed by GOD’S GRACE, Therefore Would Not Be Helped By HIS Comforts. Their ungoverned lusts and passions made them like the troubled sea. Also The Terrors Of Conscience Disturbed Their Enjoyments. GOD HATH SAID IT, AND ALL THE WORLD CANNOT UNSAY IT. That There Is No PEACE To Those Who Allow Themselves In Any Sin. If We Are Recovered From Such An Awful State, IT IS ONLY BY THE GRACE OF GOD. AND THE INFLUENCES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND THAT NEW HEART, From Whence Comes GRATEFUL PRAISE, THE FRUIT Of Our Lips, ARE HIS GIFT. SALVATION, With All Fruits, Hopes, And Comforts, IS HIS WORK, AND TO HIM BELONGS ALL THE GLORY. There Is No Peace For The Wicked Man; But Let The Wicked Forsake his Way, And The Unrighteous Man his Thoughts; And Let him RETURN TO THE LORD, AND HE WILL HAVE MERCY UPON him, AND (RETURN) TO OUR GOD, AND HE WILL ABUNDANTLY PARDON. Amen.