Then I came to the governors beyond the river, and gave them the king's letters…
Great reformations often have an insignificant commencement and are slow in developing their true proportions. Reformation work —
I. REQUIRES A VIGOROUS LEADER.
II. SHOULD NOT BE UNDERTAKEN WITHOUT A DELIBERATE ESTIMATE OF ITS MAGNITUDE AND DIFFICULTY.
III. IN ITS INITIAL STAGES IS ALMOST CERTAIN TO PROVOKE OPPOSITION.
IV. CANNOT BE CARRIED ON WITHOUT MUTUAL CO-OPERATION.
V. CANNOT SUCCEED WITHOUT THE DIVINE BLESSING.
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.