Book Notes: Theophan’s Commentary on Psalm 118: verses 70-72

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

(1815-1894)
by Saint John of Kronstadt Press, 2014
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VERSE 70:
Curdled like milk is their heart;
but as for me, in Thy Law have I meditated.

Result of unrighteousness = bitterness and heaviness of heart
But the one who perseveres in goodness is warm and soft. And outer occurrences will teach him how to remain faithful.

VERSE 71:
It is good for me that Thou hast humbled me,
that I might learn Thy statutes.

The prophet thanks God for this path of education.

VERSE 72:
The Law of Thy mouth is better to me
than thousands of gold and silver.

His heart has no delight outside the Law.
The goal of God’s instruction: to prepare for Himself a dwelling place in the soul. once cleansed.

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