That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the middle of a crooked and perverse nation…
A labouring man, soon after confessing Christ and joining a Church in a rural district, had occasion to leave his home for a few weeks, to obtain work during harvest in an adjoining county. On returning home, he was congratulated by his fellow Christians, who expressed their hope that he had been able to stand firm to his profession of Christ, and the opposition and persecution to which they justly concluded he must have been subjected by the ungodly workmen with whom he had been compelled to labour. "Oh, no," he replied, "I had no persecution at all, for though I was working with them for five weeks, they never found me out." "So much the worse for you," they replied, "for if your light had shone before them, and you had borne a witness for Christ, they certainly would have found you out."
Parallel VersesKJV: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;