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7. For it is thou, O Lord, who judgest me. For although
no man "knows the things of a man, save the spirit of the
man which is in him," yet there is something of man which
"the spirit of the man which is in him" does not know itself.
But thou, O Lord, who madest him, knowest him completely.
And even I--though in thy sight I despise myself and count
myself but dust and ashes--even I know something about thee
which I do not know about myself. And it is certain that
"now we see through a glass darkly," not yet "face to face."
Therefore, as long as I journey away from thee, I am more
present with myself than with thee. I know that thou canst
not suffer violence, but I myself do not know what temptations
I can resist, and what I cannot. But there is hope, because
thou art faithful and thou wilt not allow us to be tempted
beyond our ability to resist, but wilt with the temptation
also make a way of escape that we may be able to bear it.
I would therefore confess what I know about myself; I will
also confess what I do not know about myself. What I do
know of myself, I know from thy enlightening of me; and
what I do not know of myself, I will continue not to know
until the time when my "darkness is as the noonday" in thy sight.