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Desert of Paran

Abba Poeman used to say, We live in the troubles and trials which come upon us because we do not take to ourselves the humble names which the Scriptures have given us…consider how when Abigail said to David, On me be the sin (1 Samuel 25:24), and he negotiated with her and loved her.  Now Abigail represents the soul and David represents the Lord; if then the soul weighs the evidence against itself before the Lord, God will love it, and will give it the delight of rest.

The Paradise of the Holy Fathers, Budge (trans.)