Book Notes: Theophan’s Commentary on Psalm 118: verses 67-69

Psalm 118Psalm 118:
A Commentary
by Saint Theophan the Recluse

(1815-1894)
by Saint John of Kronstadt Press, 2014
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VERSE 67:
Before I was humbled, I transgressed;
therefore Thy saying have I kept.

= God’s instruction from without, true sorrow, misfortunes, deprivation
= as a healing treatment, turning us to the path of virtue (cf. Hb 12:5-13)

VERSE 68:
Thou art good, O Lord, and in Thy goodness teach me Thy statutes.

Unexpected good fortune can also help us come to reason, as a good physician sometimes uses sweet medicine.
God’s Providence sends us what is best for us.

VERSE 69:
Multiplied against me hath been the unrighteousness of the proud;
but as for me, with my whole heart will I search out Thy commandments.

Slander can be conducive to perfection. God turns it into instrument for instruction.

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