But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry…
Speaking of the wreck of the steamer in which Dr. Armstrong, secretary of the American Board, perished, Dr. J. W. Alexander says: "They already expected to go to pieces at sunset, but they did not till 4 a.m. "All night in the howling storm, the fires all out, the cold insufferable, a few biscuits, but no drink, and the bell toiling all the while. The last time Dr. Armstrong is reported to have been seen, he was standing above, surveying the scene, perfectly calm; he then uttered these words, I think to a hearer of mine. 'I entertain hope that we may reach the shore; but if not, my confidence is firm in that God who doeth all things in wisdom and love.'" Surely no man in the serenity of a dying chamber could be better employed.
Parallel VersesKJV: But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
WEB: But these things don't count; nor do I hold my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to fully testify to the Good News of the grace of God.