Historical exegesis is only the preliminary part of interpretation; application is its essence. Exegesis without application should not be called interpretation at all (27).And further on,
This is biblical interpretation: seeing first what the text meant and then what it means—that is, how what it says touches our lives (45).And even further on,
Historical exegesis becomes interpretation only when the application is truly made (45).—J. I. Packer, Honouring the Written Word of God: Collected Shorter Writings on the Authority and Interpretation of Scripture (Vancoover: Regent College Publishing, 1999).