I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses. For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour. In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.
Next the prophet, speaking for the remnant in captivity, seeks deliverance from their pitiable condition. First, he rehearsed God’s past dealings with the nation, as Jehovah has displayed nothing but lovingkindnesses, great goodness, and mercies. God had called them as His people, though He knew in advance exactly what they would do. So, He became their Saviour. He also became their partner in all their trials, and particularly in all their affliction in Egypt. The “angel of His presence” refers to the Messiah, which saved them. In His love and in His pity, He redeemed them out of Egypt, and cared for them throughout their wilderness journeys. They repaid His love with rebellion, and so He became their adversary.