And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men;
It is related that when Phidias, the great sculptor who carved statues for one of the temples of antiquity, was labouring with minute fidelity upon the hair on the back of the head of one of the historic figures which was to be elevated from the pavement to the very apex of the building, or placed along the frieze, some one expostulated with him, saying, "Why do you take such great pains with the hair? It is never to be seen." His simple reply was, "The gods will see it." So he laboured thoroughly in the minutest things, not for the eyes of men but for the eyes of the gods.
(H. Melvill, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;