Wisdom of Sirach 3:21

Seek not out things that are too hard for you, neither search the things that are above your strength.
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Andrew of Crete

AD 726
This most celebrated Virgin was of David"s seed, from which her husband also drew his descent. In fact, according to the great apostle, "Man is the head of the woman," and, according to Moses law, "The two shall become one flesh." And if the married woman who has offended her husband pays the punishment for adultery according to the Law"as by now she has become the body of the husband and has chosen the man as her head"how, then, does it not follow that, once the genealogy of the head is traced, the body is also counted together with the head? As a consequence it was also necessary in this case that the Virgin, being united with Joseph, was conveniently included in his genealogy, just as we have demonstrated that she was born of the same tribe as he"yes, from the very clan and family of David. And therefore also Gabriel foretold in the prophecy addressed to her, among other things: "And the Lord God shall give him the throne of his father David." And what did he teach through this? Tha...

Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
Let us, therefore, listen together to the admonition and to the words of Scripture: "Do not seek out the things that are too high for you, neither search the things that are above your strength." Not that such things are forbidden to us, since the divine Master says, "There is nothing hidden that shall not be revealed." But if we continue along the way we have undertaken, as the apostle tells us, God not only will reveal to us what we do not know and ought to know but also anything else we care to know about. The way we have undertaken is the way of faith: let us keep to it without wavering. Let it introduce us to the secrets of the King in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. For it was surely not out of envy that the Lord Jesus Christ acted toward those great and specially chosen disciples of his when he said, "I have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now." We must be walking, making progress and growing so that our hearts may become fit to rec...

Epiphanius of Cyprus

AD 403
The same holy apostle had said in a similar way, "No one knows the thoughts of a person except the spirit of the person that is in him. So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God." In this second expression he does not add "except the spirit of the person that is in him." He limits himself to adding "except the Spirit of God," because one does not think of the divine Being as though he were a composite of two parts put together. He says "except the Spirit of God" also because "it is the Spirit of God who probes everything, even the depths of God." We therefore do not say that his Spirit, who also probes the depths of God, is a stranger to God. Holy Scripture cautions us, "Reflect on what has been assigned to you, for you do not need what is hidden," or, "Seek not what is too difficult for you; nor investigate what is beyond your power." Of course, we cannot apply words that condemn vain curiosity to the Holy Spirit. We should say only that it is part of his nature to investigate th...

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

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