heathen [gowy] are sunk down [taba`] in
the pit [shachath] that they made: [`asah] in the net [resheth] which [zuw] they hid [taman] is their
own foot [regel] taken. [lakad] KJV-Interlinear
nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made; In the net which they
hid, their own foot has been caught. NASB
Nations, 'gowy', means heathen, foreigners. This is a collective term for all those who have ignored or rejected God and doctrine and truth. There is not just one or two people who have missed the boat. There are many.
Beginning with Lucifer, who we know as Satan or the Devil, and the one-third of the angels who followed him in his rebellion against God, and continuing on with all humans who have followed that same pattern of rebellion.
We do not know how many angels there are. Likewise we do not know how many humans have lived throughout history. We do know that there are over seven billion of us now, but what is the number since Adam? Perhaps several trillion? More, or perhaps less? We simply do not know.
Regardless of the number, there are only two categories of people in history, those who are positive toward God and those who are negative. The nations, refers to the negative peoples. Those who live by their sin natures and in so doing dig their own misery in life and determine their own destiny by their own negative volition. An attitude that they choose to pursue.
In Psa. 7:15, they dug their own pit and jumped into it. People who reject God are their own worst enemy. They do to themselves more harm than God really needs to do. God simply sits back and shakes His head in amazement at their stupidity. Of course God knew prior to anyone's decision, just what they would do and where they were headed.
God judges with many arrows, and sometimes we are our own worst arrow, shooting ourselves. Negative people set the trap, the snare for others, and catch themselves.
This is in contrast with the daughter concept of the last lesson. Positive people are responders to God. Obedient, attentive, willing, submissive, desirous with the deepest desire of what God has to offer. Though this is referred to in the feminine, it describes the true positive believer who studies and advances by means of that study of Gods Word. We have an intimate relationship with God, from the perspective of doctrine, through the environment or sphere of fellowship.
In contrast are the 'nations' those who rebel against God, the heathen, the harlot, the disobedient wife. When we reject Gods will and design in life, we only endorse traps for ourselves and the misery that results. We have no one to blame but ourselves, even though, all who reject God tend to blame everyone else for their problems. Excuses are easy to find when we do not want to be responsible for our own decisions.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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