1 Thessalonians 1:7-10
So that you were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.…
There is no doubt but a good example doth far more effectually instruct than good precepts; because it not only expresses the same virtues that precepts enjoin, but with far more grace and emphasis. For whereas precepts and discourses of virtue are only the dead pictures and artificial landscapes and descriptions of it, a virtuous example is virtue itself, informed and animated, alive and in motion, exerting and exhibiting itself in all its charms and graces. And therefore as we know a man much better when we see him alive and in action than when we see him only in a picture; so we understand virtue better when we see it living and acting in a good example, than when we only behold it described and pictured in precepts and discourses.
(J. Scott.)The best teachers of humanity are the examples of great men.
(C. H. Fowler.)
Parallel VersesKJV: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.