Along The Talmudic Trail

Light to Darkness: Proverbs 4:18-19:

“The life of a Christian is said to be full of pain, tribulation, sorrow, and excruciating torments; of fightings without and fears within, of anxieties, despair, gloominess, and mourning. His path is supposed to be spread with gins (snares), pitfalls, and uncertainties, but this is a mistake, for the path of the just is as the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day, ‘ while ‘the wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips, but the just shall come out of trouble.’

“The faith that I have embraced has given me light for darkenss, ease for pain, joy and gladness for sorrow and mourning, certainty for uncertainty, hope for despair.”

Brigham Young

In Journal of Discourses, 9:318; see also Proverbs 4:18, 12:13.

A Key to Spiritual Power: Proverbs 8:17.

This verse expounds one of the simplestand yet most profound truths one can learn in life. too often god’s children wait until times of distress to seek him, and thus they may deprive themselves of the power and solace they need (compare Helaman 12:1-5, D&C 101:7-8).

Becoming Master of Oneself: Proverbs 16:32.

So the whole lesson is one of subduing, not just physical matter, that you might realize the ideal, but subduing your own passions and appetites, and conquering them. Some of you say we hear too much about keeping the Word of Wisdom. Why, it is one of the best lessons for the young in all this world, and for the old! You reach out to indulge in certain things. Resist, avoid creating an appetite for that which creates an appetite for itself. But beyond that, you develop the power to say ‘No, thank you.’ And the strength that comes to the character more than compensates for any immediate pleasure…

President David O. McKay, Deseret News 1952.


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