Leanness of Soul

The very heart and spirit of a man, when bent only or supremely on the satisfaction of its earthly desires and appetites, is always dried up and withered. —Perowne*

They lusted exceedingly, and tested God. He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul (from Psalm 106:14-15 NKJV).

How earnestly might Israel have unprayed her prayers had she known what would come with their answer.**

*from James Cooper Gray, The Biblical Museum, Ezra to Job, Book of Psalms, p.274.

**J. Hastings, The Great Texts of the Bible, Psalms XXIV-CXIX, p. 344.

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