Then I came to the governors beyond the river, and gave them the king's letters…
Here is a beautiful picture of the Christian evangelist. When he goes abroad he has no introduction of himself to make — he simply delivers the King's letters. When the preacher appears in the pulpit, all he has to do is to give the people the King's letters; when the student bends his head over his desk in the study, it is only that he may study what is written in the letters of the King. The moment we begin to write letters of commendation for ourselves, we become as other men; our distinctiveness as ambassadors is lost. The King's letters are full of light and love. They are addressed to every man.
(J. Parker, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then I came to the governors beyond the river, and gave them the king's letters. Now the king had sent captains of the army and horsemen with me.