Koinonia (koinonia) wrote,

Two brethren went to an elder who lived alone in Scete. And the first
one said, "Father, I have learned all of the Old and New Testaments by
heart." The old man said to him, "You have filled the air with words."
The other one said, "I have copied out the Old and New Testaments and
have them in my cell." And to this one, the old man replied, "You have
filled your window with parchment. But do you not know Him who said,
'The kingdom of God is not in words, but in power?' And again, 'Not
those who hear the Law will be justified before God but those who carry
it out.'" They asked him, therefore, what was the way of salvation, and
he said to them, "The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, and
humility with patience."
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