Our new devotional "If God Loves Me, Why Did I Lose My Job?" explores the struggle of unemployment. Sign up here.
7:12 devoted for destruction. The cause of Israel’s defeat at Ai was not a failure of God’s promises (7:6 note) but disobedience.
I will be with you no more. This terrible reversal of 1:5 brings the first half of ch. 7 to a climax; the second half will elaborate the words “unless you destroy the devoted things from among you.”