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Matthew 26:41

Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Watch ye and pray We watch by being intent on good works, and by being solicitous that no perverse doctrine seize our hearts. Thus we must first watch, and then pray. (Origen) The spirit indeed is willing This is addressed to the disciples; that they were not to trust too much to their own courage; for although their spirit was ready to undergo any temptation, their bodies were still so weak, that they would fail, unless strengthened by prayer. (St. Hilary) ...

John Chrysostom

AD 407
See how He is again instructing them not to be self-confident, but contrite in mind, and to be humble, and to refer all to God. And at one time He addresses Himself to Peter, at another to all in common. And to him He says, Simon, Simon, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat; but I have prayed for you; and to all in common, Pray that you enter not into temptation; every way plucking up their self-will, and making them earnest-minded. Then, that He might not seem to make His language altogether condemnatory, He says, The spirit indeed is ready, but the flesh is weak. For even although thou dost desire to despise death, yet you will not be able, until God stretch forth His hand, for the carnal mind draws down. ...

Theophylact of Ochrid

AD 1107
. Because Peter and the other disciples had been brash and made reckless promises, Jesus now rebukes them for their weakness, and in particular addresses Peter. Could you not keep vigil one hour with Me? How then will you lay down your life for Me? But again, after wounding them with His rebuke, He heals them by saying that the spirit is willing, but the weakness of the flesh resists. That is to say, I consider you deserving of forgiveness, because you fell asleep not out of disdain, but out of weakness. But since you are weak, do not be overly bold; rather pray that you not enter into temptation at all. Others understand "that ye enter not into temptation" to mean "that you not be defeated by temptation." For, they say, He did not bid us to be without temptations, for temptations are our crowns. Rather He bids us to pray that we not be swallowed up by temptation and enter into its belly, as into the belly of a wild beast. For he who is overcome by temptation enters into it, that is, i...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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