Whatever we go, there is but a step between us and death.  A man’s house is his castle, but not to secure him against the judgments of God.  The cracked lattice is as fatal to the son, when God pleases to make it so, as the bow drawn at a venture was to the father.  Ahaziah would not attempt to reduce the Moabites, lest he should perish in the field of battle.  But, he is not safe though he tarry at home.  Royal palaces do not always yield firm footing.  The snare is laid for the sinner in the ground where he thinks least of it (Job 18.9-10).  The whole creation, which groans under man’s sin will, at length, sink and break under the weight, like this lattice.  He is never safe who has God for his enemy. – Matthew Henry (1662-1714), commenting on 2 Kings 1.1-8.

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