Context: This chapter sets out to praise famous men and men not so famous. It wants to praise among the lesser known men those "which have no memorial; who are perished, as though they had never been; and are become as though they had never been born; and their children after them." But these men should be remembered because they "were merciful men, whose righteousness hath not been forgotten." "Their seed shall remain for ever, and their glory shall not be blotted out." Before turning to these lesser known and forgotten men, however, the chapter begins with praise of the more noteworthy:
Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us.
The Lord hath wrought great glory by them through his great power from the beginning.
Such as did bear rule in their kingdoms, men renowned for their power, giving counsel by their understanding, and declaring prophecies . . .