A plea for careful Bible reading

A wonderful gem from Hilary of Poitiers.  Almost makes revision worthwhile!  May this be the aim/desire/prayer of Bible teachers everywhere:

For he is the best student who does not read his thoughts into the book, but lets it reveal its own; who draws from it its sense, and does not import his own into it, nor force upon its words a meaning which he had determined was the right one before he opened it pages.. Since then we are to discourse of the things of God, let us assume that God has full knowledge of Himself, and bow with humble reverence to His words.  For He Whom we can only know through His own utterances is the fitting witness concerning Himself.

(De Trinitate, i. 18)

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