English Standard Version
for he has torn us, that he may heal us;
he has struck us down, and he will bind us up."
The expectation they have of his favor: ''He who has torn us to pieces will heal us; he who has injured us will bind us up,'' as a skillful surgeon uses tender hands to bind up a broken bone or a bleeding wound. This is an acknowledgement of both God's power and his mercy on our behalf; he both can and will heal us. Indeed, he has torn so that he may heal. Some commentators think this points especially to the return of the Jews from Babylon. The favor they expect is described in several aspects.
- from The New Matthey Henry Commentary