Book Notes: Theophan’s Commentary on Psalm 118: verses 139-140

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

by Saint John of Kronstadt Press, 2014

VERSE 139:
My zeal for Thee hath made me to pine away,
because mine enemies have forgotten Thy words.

If you are convinced of the high merit of the commandments (v.137-138),
you come to love them and live zealously in accordance with them.
That zeal seeks that all others will also zealously perform them.
The prophet here is sad that the enemies forget God’s will.
Examples of various zealous men of faith (Phineas, Elijah, Stephen, Paul).

VERSE 140:
Thine oracle is tried with fire to the uttermost,
and Thy servant hath loved it.

He doesn’t talk to the lawless here, but directly to the Lord,
highlighting how pure and unadulterated is His Word (cf. Ps 11:6).
Therefore it is engaging, and stimulates love towards it.

tried with fire 
fiery, permeated with fire. The Word of God warms, kindles, and cleanses (Heb. 4:12).


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