“And the people of Israel said to him, ‘We will go up by the highway, and if we drink of your water, I and my livestock, then I will pay for it. Let me only pass through on foot, nothing more.’”
And the people of Israel said to him,
“Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength.”
1 Samuel 2:3-4
“You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
We will go up by the highway,
Highway H4546: a thoroughfare as turnpike; a viaduct; a staircase. From H5549: to mound up; to exalt self; to make plain raise up.
“Who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.”
2 Thessalonians 2:4
“But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died.”
“They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others.”
This highway is not the same as the king’s highway H1870 in verse 17.
H1870: a road (as trodden); a course of life or mode of action. From H1869: to tread; to walk; to string a bow by treading on it in bending. (This road is trodden by the Lord Jesus. It is a bending road of humility.)
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
And if we drink of your water, I and my livestock,
“You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
Then I will pay for it.
“Judah and the land of Israel traded with you; they exchanged for your merchandise wheat of Minnith, meal, honey, oil, and balm.”
Let me only pass through:
Nothing more H1697: a word; commandment. From H1696: command.
“And you say, ‘How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof! I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors.’”
On foot H7272: a step; the pudenda; be able to endure; follow. From H7270: to walk along; slander.
“Three things are stately in their tread; four are stately in their stride: the lion, which is mightiest among beasts and does not turn back before any; the strutting rooster, the he-goat, and a king whose army is with him.”
“But a stupid man will get understanding when a wild donkey’s colt is born a man!”
“How can you say, ‘I am not unclean, I have not gone after the Baals’? Look at your way in the valley; know what you have done— a restless young camel running here and there, a wild donkey used to the wilderness, in her heat sniffing the wind! Who can restrain her lust? None who seek her need weary themselves; in her month they will find her. Keep your feet from going unshod and your throat from thirst. But you said, ‘It is hopeless, for I have loved foreigners, and after them I will go.’”
“And you said, ‘No! We will flee upon horses’; therefore you shall flee away; and, ‘We will ride upon swift steeds’; therefore your pursuers shall be swift.”