Reading the Holy Scriptures


  1. When reading the Holy Scriptures, he who is humble and engaged in spiritual work will apply everything to himself and not to someone else.
  2. When you read Holy Scripture, perceive its hidden meanings. ‘For whatever was written in past times was written for our instruction’ (Rom. 15:4).
  3. Understand the words of Holy Scripture by putting them into practice, and do not fill yourself with conceit by expatiating on theoretical ideas.

St. Mark the Ascetic, Philokalia V1. 116, On the Spiritual Law, Two Hundred Texts.

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