Book Notes: Theophan’s Commentary on Psalm 118: verses 78-79

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

by Saint John of Kronstadt Press, 2014

Let the proud be put to shame,
for unjustly have they transgressed against me;
but as for me, I will ponder on Thy commandments.

The proud = those who despise the law and mock and harm those who fulfill it.
But they will be put to shame if they see a change for the better in those who follow the commandments. And in their turn, they may correct their view of the law.
So this is actually a prayer from the psalmist so that those who scorn the Law may being their path toward salvation.

but as for me, I will ponder on Thy commandments:
And this will increase my zeal in fulfilling the commandments.

Let those that fear Thee return unto me,
and those that know Thy testimonies.

Theodoret says that Simmachus says it more clearly:
“Let those who fear Thee return me, return me, of course, to themselves — that is, may they accept me into their brotherly communion”.
Because the righteous will see that Thou hast returned to me Thy good will.

those that know Thy testimonies
= those experienced in the fulfillment of the law and know all the secrets of a life in God.

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