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The Confessions And Letters Of St by St. Augustine

Chapter V.--That Man Knoweth Not Himself Wholly.

7. For it is Thou, Lord, that judgest me; for although no |man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him,| yet is there something of man which |the spirit of man which is in him| itself knoweth not. But Thou, Lord, who hast made him, knowest him wholly. I indeed, though in Thy sight I despise myself, and reckon |myself but dust and ashes,| yet know something concerning Thee, which I know not concerning myself. And assuredly |now we see through a glass darkly,| not yet |face to face.| So long, therefore, as I be |absent| from Thee, I am more |present| with myself than with Thee; and yet know I that Thou canst not suffer violence; but for myself I know not what temptations I am able to resist, and what I am not able. But there is hope, because Thou art faithful, who wilt not suffer us to be tempted above that we are able, but wilt with the temptation also make a way to escape, that we may be able to bear it. I would therefore confess what I know concerning myself; I will confess also what I know not concerning myself. And because what I do know of myself, I know by Thee enlightening me; and what I know not of myself, so long I know not until the time when my |darkness be as the noonday| in Thy sight.
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