Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
It is related of the Duke of Wellington that he made an appointment with a city dignitary to meet at a certain hour on London Bridge. The dignitary was five minutes late, and finding the Duke watch in hand and angry, pleaded, "It is only five minutes, your grace." "Only five minutes!" he replied; "five minutes unpunctuality would have, before now, lost me a battle." Next time the city magnate took care, as he thought, to be on the safe side. When the Duke appeared he greeted him rather triumphantly, "You see, your grace, I was five minutes before you this time." "Shows how little you know time's value," said the old Field Marshal. "I am here to the moment. I cannot afford to waste five minutes."
(Sunday at Home.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.