Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.
An old writer, speaking of men as stewards of God, urges upon them as wise traders and servants to look to themselves carefully, and take care of four houses which are under their charge.
1. Their warehouse, or heart and memory, wherein they should store up precious things, holy affections, grateful remembrances, etc.
2. Their workhouse, or their actions, wherein they retail to others, for God's glory, the grace entrusted to them.
3. Their clock-house — their speech — which must always, like a well-tuned bell, speak the truth accurately; and meaning also their observance of time, redeeming it by promptly doing the duties of every hour.
4. Their counting-house, or their conscience, which is to be scrupulously kept, and no false reckonings allowed, lest we deceive our own souls.
(J. M. Randall.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.