George Herbert on understanding Scripture

Anglican priest and famed poet George Herbert wrote a book on pastoral ministry called The Country Parson. In the book he talks about what a priest – or any Christian for that matter – needs in order to understand the Scripture. He lists four things that are necessary; they are:

1. A holy life.

2. Prayer.

3. A diligent collation of Scripture with Scripture.

4. Reading commentaries and the fathers.

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