Psalms 119:9

How shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to your word.
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Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
9. "Wherewithal shall a young man correct his way? even by keeping Thy words" (ver. 9). He questioneth himself, and answereth himself. "Wherewithal?" So far it is a question: next cometh the answer, "even by keeping Thy words." But in this place the keeping of the words of God, must be understood as the obeying His commandments in deed: for they are kept in memory in vain, if they are not kept in life also. But what is meant by "young man" here? For he might have said, wherewithal shall any one (homo) correct his way? or, wherewithal shall a man (vir) correct his way? which is usually put by the Scriptures in such a way, that the whole human race is understood. ...But in this passage he saith neither any one, nor a man, but, "a young man." Is then an old man to be despaired of? or doth an old man correct his way by any other means than by ruling himself after God's word? Or is it perhaps an admonition at what age we ought chiefly to correct our way; according to what is elsewhere written, "My son, gather instruction from thy youth up: so shall thou find wisdom till thy gray hairs." There is another mode of interpreting it, by recognising in the expression the younger son in the Gospel, who returned to himself, and said, "I will arise and go to my father." Wherewithal did he correct his way, save by ruling himself after the words of God, which he desired as one longing for his father's bread. ...
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Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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