Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.…
"A gentleman in our late civil wars," says Cowley, "when his quarters were beaten up by the enemy, was taken prisoner, and lost his life afterwards only by staying to put on a band and adjust his periwig; he would escape like a person of quality, or not at all, and died the noble martyr of ceremony and gentility." Poor fool! and yet he is as bad who waits till he is dressed in the rags of his own fancied fitness before he will come to Jesus. He will die a martyr to pride and self-righteousness.
(C. H. Spurgeon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.