Yet all this avails me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate.
How small things may annoy the greatest! Even a mouse troubles an elephant, a gnat a lion, a very ties may disquiet a giant. What weapon can be nearer to nothing than the sting of this wasp? Yet what a painful wound hath it given me! That scarce visible point, how it envenoms, and rankles, and swells up the flesh. The tenderness of the part adds much to the grief. If I be thus vexed with the touch of an angry fly, how shall I be able to endure the sting of a tormenting conscience.
Parallel VersesKJV: Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate.