I will speak of your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.
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Augustine of Hippo
48. "I spoke of Thy testimonies also," he saith, "before kings, and I was not ashamed" (ver. 46): as one who had sought and had received grace to answer those who reproached him with the word, and the promise that the word of truth should not be taken from his mouth. Struggling for this truth even unto death, not even before kings was he ashamed to speak of it. For testimonies, whereof he doth avow that he was speaking, are in Greek styled marturia, a word which we now employ instead of the Latin. The name of "Martyrs," unto whom Jesus foretold, that they should confess Him even before kings, is derived hence.
Of thy, (de) but the true reading is, in testimoniis, "conformably to", as in the Hebrew, Septuagint, and Vulgate. (Haydock) (Berthier)
Ashamed. Thus many even of the female sex have professed their faith boldly, with St. Agnes, St. Catharine, St. Winefrid, answering the reproachful objections that were put to them, as if it were dishonourable to be a Christian, Catholic or Papist. No. These are most glorious titles, importing the true service of Christ, in unity with the Catholic Church, and under the Vicar of Jesus Christ, the Pope. (Worthington)
But as Protestants mean an undue attachment to the Pope by the last title, we shew, that in that sense it is unjustly and illiberally applied to us, (Haydock) and no gentlemen or scholar would now make use of it. (Nightingale)
See N. G.'s letters to J. Slack, Whitby, 1813. (Haydock)
Daniel spoke with great freedom to Nabuchodonosor, Daniel ii. 27., and v. 17., and vi. 22.