2 Samuel 1:19-20
The beauty of Israel is slain on your high places: how are the mighty fallen!
We have here an illustration of the degenerating influences of sin upon the character of Christians, and the lamentable effects in the eyes of the world.
I. THE BEAUTY OF ISRAEL. Christianity imparts a distinguishing character to the believer; the moral counterpart of Israel's separation from the heathen inhabitants that surrounded them, and the evil practices from which they were called.
II. THE BEAUTY OF ISRAEL SLAIN. The history of souls proves this possibility.
III. THE BEAUTY OF ISRAEL SLAIN IN THE HIGH PLACES. Many Christians who flourished in the Church while they occupied a lowly position, have had their beauty "slain by an ecclesiastical or secular elevation. God's gems shine best in the shade. But few trees of His growth can challenge the stormy winds of "high places."
IV. THE LAMENTATION. "How are the mighty fallen," etc.
V. THE CHURCH'S PROCLAMATION. "Tell it not," etc.
Parallel VersesKJV: The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!