Have respect to the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.
The world wants the Gospel; the Gospel alone meets the world's necessities.
I. THE WORLD'S NEED OF GOD. "The dark places," etc.
1. How dark a system is idolatry: see its sin, and misery, and cruelty.
II. GOD'S PROVISION FOR THE WORLD. The covenant tells of the Gospel with all its abundant provisions. It brings light; it implants love. Christ is offered as food for the hungry, pardon for the guilty, consolation for the mourner, life for the dead.
III. HOW IS THIS REMEDY TO BE APPLIED?
1. God Himself must apply it. But —
2. We must pray for the heathen; pray in public and at home.
3. And we must send messengers to the heathen who shall tell them of Christ.
(John Hambleton, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.
WEB: Honor your covenant, for haunts of violence fill the dark places of the earth.