Essays of Montaigne: Repentance
I just had an "aha" moment. I am almost done reading his essays. He just hit upon something about sin and repentance:
"I know no repentance, superficial, half-way, and ceremonious; it must sting me all over before I can call it so, and must prick my bowels as deeply and universally as God sees into me" (p. 917).
Screech says in the footnote:
"Each man is, in God's sight, sinful (Romans 3:23; 5:12), and God is the scrutator cordium ((n.) One who scrutinizes; a close examiner or inquire), 'He who search all hearts' (1 Chron 28:9); 'He who searcheth the heart and knoweth the mind' (Romans 8:27); 'He that searcheth the reins and the heart" (Revelations 2:23)" (Michel de Montaigne - The Complete Essays (Penguin Classics, p. 917).
I lighted upon these words in the footnote and realized that all of Montaigne's words (and there are 1269 pages of his "thoughts") pale in comparison to just those few words I read of Scripture in this footnote. It was food for my soul, life to my weary mind! If only Montaigne had retired to a life of studying Scriptures rather than writing down all his "thoughts." They are RUBBISH compared to the Word of God!
So here is a reviewer from Library Thing (He read the "selections" version which is easier to haul around!):