And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.
A brother had grievously offended, and had been put out from Church fellowship for his sin; and he so behaved that his pastor thought of him with pain, and was glad to avoid an interview with him, for it only produced a sad attempt at self-justification. At length the Lord brought him to a better mind. He sought his pastor, and said, with tears, "Will you shake hands with me?" The pastor replied, "Right gladly. I rejoice to feel that the past is all forgiven. How are you?" The repentant one made this reply, "I am quite Well now that you restore me to your esteem." The poor man was extremely ill, but the joy of being once more in his old place in his friend's thoughts made him refuse to say, "I am sick."
( C. H. Spurgeon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.