1 Kings 2:1-2
Now the days of David drew near that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,…
Why should we be pensive and wistful when we think how near our end is? Is the sentry sad as the hour for relieving guard comes nigh? Is the wanderer in far-off lands sad as he turns his face homeward? And why should not we rejoice at the thought that we, strangers and foreigners here, shalt soon depart to the true metropolis, the mother country of our souls? I do not. know why a man should be either regretful or afraid as he watches the hungry sea eating away his "bank and shoal of time" upon which he stands, even though the tide has all but reached his feet, if he knows that God's strong arm will be stretched forth to him at the moment when the sand dissolves from under him, and will draw him out of many waters and place him on high, above the floods in that stable land where there is "no more sea."
Parallel VersesKJV: Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,