The candle of G-d...     Mishlei 20:27    bh



Mishle 20:27 Man's soul is the Lord's Lamp

The soul in his midst testifies concerning him in judgment [Rashi]  Just as a person searches in the dark with a lamp, so does G--d search a person's innermost thoughts through his soul, which knows all and testifies concerning him in judgment. [Mezudath David]  Rabbenu Yonah explains that man is honored by God with the possession of a holy soul, which emanates from on high, and therefore he is subject to His closest scrutiny to the extent that He searchs man's innermost thoughts'.  Hence, in effect, the soul of man is God's lamp, the enabler of God's scrutiny over him.


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