SO BEAUTIFUL AND DELICATE: But not necessarily a
"woman" (as in KJV, where 'woman' is italicized). Could ref a pasture (see
continuing figurative language).
BUT, ALAS, THE DAYLIGHT IS FADING: The attackers are
distressed that the day is not long enough for them to carry out all their
THE ANCIENT PATHS: "The old paths" (AV). The clear,
well-marked, well-trodden paths, devoid of pitfalls or precipices -- in which
the careful shepherd might lead his flock.
REST FOR YOUR SOULS: "Come to me, all you who are weary
and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For
my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Mat 11:28-30).
"Never was appeal more powerfully made, more superbly
translated into words of one syllable, than in the warm humanity of Jeremiah's
words, which were one day to become a model for the Son of God when he in his
turn laid siege to the wilful hearts of Israel... Stand! see! ask! and ye shall
find! Even their walking in the old paths was itself to prove a refreshing rest
from their present jading life of vanity" (WJer 42).