2 Samuel 15:1-37
And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.…
The brilliant, but erratic, Marie Bashkertsheff, wrote in her diary: "It is the New Year. At the theatre, precisely at midnight, watch in hand, I wished nay wish in a single word, 'Fame!'" This is frank, but tragic. Yet if men were equally honest with themselves and at New Year's breaking, or any time of solemn impression, spoke their candid feelings, one would cry "Pleasure," another "Gold," another "Fame," another "Power," and, thank God, not a few would cry "To me to live is Christ." Ambition in itself is not evil; all depends on its quality, its supreme aim. Paul had three ambitions, and each of them was noble and worthy of a Christ-purchased and Christ-possessed soul.
Parallel VersesKJV: And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.