Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Look at it. A very proud father has a son. He naturally governs him with rigour and peremptoriness. He finds out that the boy has, in his visitations, allied himself prematurely with a family with which it is very desirable there should not be a connection. On hearing of it he rages and storms; and his wife says to him, "My dear, don't you know that if you undertake to oppose this thing in that way, you will do more harm than good? Don't you know that if you are violent with the boy. you will only ratify him in his determination? "He recognizes that fact, and calms down. He goes to the boy and says pleasantly, "Well, nay son, how is it with you? I hear that you have been visiting." "Yes," says the boy, "I have." "Well, I am very glad of it; where have you been?" "In .Mr. So-and-So's family." "All! there are many excellent things in that family. I suppose you have become acquainted with the young people?" "Yes, sir." "And it is very natural that young people should become attached to each other." So he goes on with the conversation in a spirit of sweetness and gentleness, till, by and by, he has brought the young man round, and drawn him away from these dangerous grounds and connections.
(H. W. Beecher.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.