I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not your word.
The evangel is not in the first place a denunciation of sin, nor a pronouncement of punishment. It is an announcement of good news. "Dr. Dale once said to me in his study that he knew of only one man who had the right to speak of the possibility of a soul being lost. 'Who is that?' I inquired; and he answered, 'Dwight Lyman Moody. The reason is that he never did it without tears in his voice, and never without passing on to proclaim how that man could be saved.'"
Parallel VersesKJV: I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.