1 Kings 5:15
And Solomon had three score and ten thousand that bore burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains;
How many have aided in the erection of Christ's spiritual temple? Keenest intellects have toiled, noblest hearts have planned, sweetest, purest lives have been lived in this sublime effort. O varied workers! Paul, with his relentless, flaming logic. John, with eagle eye, scanning and then writing of the future and the past. , with his pauseless, countless toffs of pen and speech. consecrating his golden eloquence to themes of transcendent and golden worth. labouring on our own northern shore, and in making the blessed Gospel accessible to the Saxon people, finding "the last dear service of his parting breath." Luther, with his strong human tenderness and unquailing knowledge. Calvin, with his severe purity and indomitable industry. Latimer, with his home-siren, ready, and racy heart-compelling speech. Bunyan, that true Greatheart of countless pilgrims. Wesley, that statesman. Whitefield, that captain of preachers. And what more shall I say? Time would fail me to tell of the great preachers and teachers with voice and pen who have lived to win souls to Christ. If His service can be ennobled by human associations, it is ennobled by such names as these. Let us be worthy of them.
(G. T. Coster.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains;