Kierkegaard's Journals and Notebooks
, Vol. 7: Journals NB15-20
(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014), pp. 153-154 (NB16:84):
Above all, read the N.T. without a commentary.
Would it ever occur to a lover to read a letter from
his beloved with a commentary!
A commentator is an extremely dangerous interference in connection with everything that makes a
qualitative claim of having purely personal significance for me.
If the letter from the beloved were in a language
I did not understand―well, then I learn the language―but I do not read the letter with commentaries by others. I read it, and because the thought of
the beloved is truly present to me, and there is the
intention, in everything, to will as the beloved wills
and wishes: then I will surely understand it. It is
the same with the Holy Scriptures. With God's help I will surely understand them. Every commentator detracts. The person who can sit with 10 open
commentaries and read the Holy Scriptures―well,
perhaps he will write the 11th, but he is associating
with the Holy Scriptures contra naturam.