Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
It is a joy to me to know that the Christians within the communion of this church are not all the Christians to be found in the congregation. We are richer than we appear to be. Here are growing pear-trees, apple-trees, cherry-trees, and shrubs, and blossoming vines, and flowers of every hue and odour; but I am glad that some seeds have blown over the wall, and that fruit-trees and flowers most pleasant to the eye are springing up there also. And though I wish they were within the enclosure, where the boar out of the wood could not waste them, and the wild beast of the field devour them, yet I love them, and am glad to see them growing there.
(H. W. Beecher.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.