Arthur Salwey on halting between two opinions

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And Elijah came unto all the people, and said: How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him: and the people answered him not a word.

Observe the Prophet’s courage: he feared neither Ahab’s greatness, nor the peoples number: but he came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye, &c. Why are you thus irresolute, and inconstant? Why do ye fluctuate and waver thus? The Hebrew word that is here translated halt, signifieth (as some observe) a lameness on both feet, and it is the same that is used 2 Sam. 4.4. to express Mephibosheth his lameness, who was lame on both feet. Jacob had but one side lame, and another word is used to signify his lameness, Gen. 32.31. These Idolaters were lame on both feet. Hereunto the Septuagint agreeth.

They had never a good foot, they divided between God, and Baal, they served neither cordially. They halted between two opinions, as it is expressed in the Text, or between two thoughts, as it may be read; probably the false Prophets had corrupted their judgements by their false Doctrine. Error in opinion causeth halting in practise. It is evident that they halted practically. How long halt ye? they had for a long time continued in their halting, which made their sin the greater, and the cure the more difficult. Frustra medicina paratur, &c.

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