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Cyril of Alexandria on Proper Spirit for Biblical Study

A good warning from the 5th Century:

“The Spirit does not reveal the truth to those who spend too much effort preparing for battle and who exult in tangled and deceptive arguments rather than rejoice in the truth. This is because the Spirit does not ‘enter a deceitful soul’ [Wis 1:4], nor does he otherwise allow his precious pearls to be rolled under the feet of swine. Instead, he would rather spend his time with simple minds because they move without guile and avoid superfluous sophistry.”

(Cyril of Alexandria, Commentary on John: Volume 1, p. 5)

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