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John Chrysostom: “Know the Scriptures well”

July 16, 2012

Just read this impactful quote on Patrick Schreiner’s blog. For those who don’t know Chrysostom, here’s his Wikipedia entry.

Listen carefully to me, I entreat you….Procure books that will be medicines for the soul…At least get a copy of the New Testament, the Apostle’s epistles, the Acts, the Gospels, for your constant teachers. If you encounter grief, dive into them as into a chest of medicines; take from them comfort for your trouble, whether it be loss, or death, or bereavement over the loss of relations.

Don’t simply dive into them.

Swim in them.

Keep them constantly in your mind.

The cause of all evils is the failure to know the Scriptures well.

– John Chrysostom, Homilies on Collossians, NPNF First Series, vol. 13 (Grand Rapids, Michigan; Eerdmans, 1988) Homily 9:300-301.

HT: Patrick Schreiner

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Stephen permalink
    July 22, 2012 9:47 am

    Wonderful quote!

  2. dave moore permalink
    July 27, 2012 4:56 pm

    You should see what john chrysostom said about women. Just quoted him in my bible study on Ephesians 5:22-33. Pretty insane stuff!

    • mydigitalseminary permalink
      July 27, 2012 6:29 pm

      Hey Dave could you post a link to the quote? I’m not sure which one you’re referring to.

  3. August 11, 2012 10:53 pm

    Lovely quote. Thanks.

    Like most people of his time Chrysostom also said things which sound very strange to people living 1600 years later.

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