2 Samuel 5:10
And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him.
Dr. Hugh Macmillan tells us that the motto on the crest of John Spreull, of Glasgow, who, for his defence of religious liberty in the times of Claverhouse, was imprisoned on the Bass Rock, in the Firth of Forth, was "Sub pondere cresco" — I grow under a weight. His crest was a palm tree, with two weights hanging on each side of it from the fronds, and yet maintaining, in spite of this heavy down-dragging force, its upright position, carrying its graceful crown of foliage up into the serene air. So the very things that threatened to hinder the growth of the early Church became helps to its progress. "The stumbling-block became the stepping-stone"; the weights became wings.
Parallel VersesKJV: And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him.