But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.
How often men, like Ahaz, arrive at decisions which are irrevocable and unspeakably momentous!
1. To have to make decisions that may be solemn in both these senses is one of the things that make the position of a ruler or statesmen so serious.
2. Every man is at some juncture celled to make a decision, the results of which to him individually will be of unspeakable importance; e.g., the young ruler. Every one of you will at some moment be called to decide for or against Christ, and the decision will be final and irreversible. The test may come to you in the shape of a temptation, appealing to some passion of the mind or lust of the flesh, and your eternal destiny may be determined by the manner in which you deal with that one temptation.
3. Like a railway train we are continually arriving at "points," and the manner in which we "take" them affects our whole after career.
(R. A. Bertram.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.