And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken on me to speak to the LORD, which am but dust and ashes:
Artabanus, one of the military officers of the Athenians, was applied to by a certain great man, who told him that he desired an audience of the king. He was answered that before it was granted, he must prostrate himself before him, for it was a custom of the country for the king to admit no one to his presence who would not worship him. That which was an arrogant assumption in an earthly king, is a proper condition of an approach to the King of kings. Humility is the foundation of an intercourse with Him. We must bow before His throne. No sinner who is too proud to yield obedience to this law need expect any favours from His hands.
Parallel VersesKJV: And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes: