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"Let the elders who rule well be accounted worthy of
double honor, especially those who labor in the word
and doctrine." 1 Timothy 5:17
The which is here rendered labor, signifies not simply to
labor¬óbut to labor with much travail and toil, to labor
even to exhaustion, as he does who chops wood, or who
toils in harvest, or who goes to battle.
Oh what an honor is it to a faithful minister, when he . . .
found the people dark and blind¬óbut left them enlightened;
found them dead¬óbut left them alive;
found them a proud people¬óbut has left them humble;
found the people profane¬óbut has left them holy;
found them a carnal people¬óbut has left them spiritual;
found them a worldly people¬óbut has left them heavenly;
found them a wavering people¬óbut has left them settled and rooted.
Oh, it is an honor to faithful ministers,
when their people are like them in . . .