. . having said little, you reprimand. But now, O Sistelius, the truth itself, namely the law, <is> to be stated. We should now attempt to understand these insights spiritually, so that we may understand the spirit of the law and not just the word.
But continuing in the proceedings he adds: “If it has spread” after the removal of the “mildew in the clothing or the leather or the attire or the weft, then the remaining mildew is leprosy, it is unclean, and he must burn the clothing or attire or the weft” etc., shown to the priest.
However, this is now the explanation for the leprosy in the law. For I, myself, believe, that the prophet used these words as specific cloaks and shadows, whereby God wanted to lead us to the light of truth this way. This is why, I think, the holy Paul said: “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is still hidden among the lost, in whom the God of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that in them cannot shine the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of the invisible,” by clearly stating, that the gospel is revealed to the believers and the “to be saved”, but “veiled” to the “ones being lost” as if attached with iron clamps. For one, who understands the scripture from the outside, goes forward without spiritual understanding, like someone who has seen empty walls built from stones. However, one who has fought vigorously”, who has torn the spiritual veil, who, after having risen like a bird inspired by God’s spirit, has reached the inner understanding of the scripture, which is the most holy; and arrives at the bright light, will be nourished by the lightning of true beauty. For as the trees are stripped of the ornament of fruit in winter, but regain their ornaments in the spring with the sprouting of the leaves, - so I think, the words of the prophets too seem barren without meaning if taken at their word, but if interpreted with wisdom, if viewed as laden with fruit and leaves, have blossoms of a multitude of senses.
Therefore, O Sistelius, refusing to take them literally, let us carefully interpret the scriptures spiritually!