And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with you…
We were sitting under the shade of an oak tree comparing notes and conferring one with another as to the best methods of service, especially in reference to effective preaching. "I always write my sermons," said my friend, "and then carefully revise them, so that if anything is written calculated to offend any of my hearers, I may at once erase it." This was said by a young clergyman who was evidently anxious to make his mark as a preacher. Desirous to know that I heard correctly, I replied, "Do you mean that forcible statements, either of your own writing or from Scripture, concerning sin, and the terrors of the judgment to come, are either toned down or avoided?" "Yes," was the reply; "if I think they will offend anyone, I do so." I fear this candid testimony, indicates the reason why so many ministers are powerless amongst their fellows. "The fear of man bringeth a snare indeed."
Parallel VersesKJV: And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
WEB: You, son of man, don't be afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you, and you do dwell among scorpions: don't be afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house.