Perhaps he thought of Rahab who hid the spies, and received a commendation for it.
You ask for what you do not need when you call upon me for a word of commendation.
He, no doubt, expected to be welcomed in the warmest terms of commendation.
This was his commendation, from hour to hour; it made up the litany of his gratitude for what she had been to him.
She was no longer ...