But by (or, upon, ) every word - , in Greek, answers to dabar in Hebrew, which means not only a word spoken, but also thing, purpose, appointment, etc. Our Lord' s meaning seems to be this: God purposes the welfare of his creatures - all his appointments are calculated to promote this end. Some of them may appear to man to have a contrary tendency; but even fasting itself, when used in consequence of a Divine injunction, becomes a mean of supporting that life which it seems naturally calculated to impair or destroy.
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