My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear with which he feared me, and was afraid before my name.…
A parishioner asked a clergyman why the congregation had filled up, and why the church was now so prosperous above what it had ever been before. "Well," said the clergyman, "I will tell you the secret. I met a tragedian some time ago, and I said to him, 'How is it you get along so well in your profession?' The tragedian replied, 'The secret is, I always do my best; when stormy days come, and the theatre is not more than half or a fourth occupied, I always do my best, and that has been the secret of my getting on.'" And the clergyman reciting it, said, "I have remembered that, and ever since then I have always done my best." And I say to you, in whatever occupation or profession God has put you, do your best; whether the world appreciates it or not, do your best; always do your best.
(T. De Witt Talmage.)
Parallel VersesKJV: My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.