St. Mark the Ascetic on Reading Holy Scripture

St. Mark the Ascetic ca. 5th cent.

When reading the Holy Scriptures, he who is humble and engaged in spiritual work will apply everything to himself and not to someone else. (On the Spiritual Law, 6)

Do not grow conceited about your interpretations of Scripture, lest your intellect fall victim to blasphemy. (ibid. 11)

When you read Holy Scripture, perceive its hidden meanings. ‘For whatever was written in past times was written for our instruction’ (Rom. 15:4). (ibid. 26)

Understand the words of Holy Scripture by putting them into practice, and do not fill yourself with conceit by expatiating on theoretical ideas. (Ibid. 85)