And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offense toward God, and toward men.
Bessus, a native of Pelonia, in Greece, being seen by his neighbours pulling down birds' nests, and destroying their harmless young, was severely rebuked for his cruelty. His excuse was, that their notes were insufferable to him, as they never ceased twitting him for the murder of his father. Poor birds I they were innocent enough in the matter; but it was a guilty conscience which muttered its ceaseless reproaches in the ears of the wretched parricide.
(J. N. Norton, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.