And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with you…
1. Fears are prejudicial: they take away our liberty; they put halters about our necks, and strangle our comforts; they multiply and prolong our miseries; they wound and disable us.
2. They are to be men of courage who are in public place.
3. God is with His, those He calls and employs in public service. This should put life into us.
4. Those who are in public place are in God's place, and they must be like unto God, fearless of men, but dreadful unto men.
5. They that are godly, true Christians, their godliness, their cause, suffer by their fearfulness.
6. There is not that in wicked men that should make us to fear them, if we consider they are briers, thorns, scorpions, contemptible things, rather to be despised than feared.
7. God will dismay and confound us if we fear men (Jeremiah 1:17).
(W. Greenhill, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
WEB: You, son of man, don't be afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you, and you do dwell among scorpions: don't be afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house.