To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved.
A ship was sailing in the southern waters of the Atlantic, when another was sighted which was making signals of distress. They bore towards the distressed ship, and hailed them. "What is the matter?" "We are dying for want of water," was the response. "Dip it up then," was the answer, "you are in the mouth of the Amazon River." Those sailors were thirsting, and suffering, and fearing death, and longing intensly for water, and all the while they were supposing that there was nothing but the ocean's brine around them; when, in fact, they had sailed unconsciously into the broad mouth of the mightest river on the globe, and did not know it: and though to them it seemed that they must perish with thirst, yet there was at least a hundred miles of fresh water all around them; and they had nothing to do but as they were bidden to "dip it up."
Parallel VersesKJV: To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.