Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.…
We are as immortal as the angels until our work is done, and, that finished, the best thing that can happen to us is to be called home to rest at once rather than to be here, weak and worthless, in our tents waiting on the plains of Moab. When Dr. Bees preached last in North Wales a friend said to him — one of those who are always reminding people that they are getting old — "You are whitening fast, Dr. Bees." The old gentleman did not say anything then; but when he got to the pulpit he referred to it, and said, "There is a wee white flower that comes up through the earth at this season of the year — sometimes it comes up through the snow and frost; but we are all glad to see the snowdrop, because it proclaims that the winter is over and that the summer is at baud. A friend reminded me last night that I was whitening fast. But heed not that, brother; it is to me a proof that my winter will soon be over, that I shall have done presently with the cold and east winds and the frosts of earth, and that my summer — my eternal summer — is at hand."
Parallel VersesKJV: Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.