iv. (Worthington). St. Jerome, "for the eternal reward." fus. 17.; Calmet) --- also original sin, and its effects. The Greeks made use of a similar expression, to shew the danger of losing a treasure. They have no compassion or wisdom, Isaias vi. (St. Hilary) --- Though his decrees be most certain, means must be employed, which the just pray may not be wanting. 55. de Temp.) 20. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. 58. The next verse is of the same import. 3. i. (Colum. Used by Permission. (Worthington) --- The angels rejoice at the conversion of a sinner, (Luke xv. Literally, "the word" that I, &c. Thus he stops their mouths, by professing his confidence in God. (Calmet), Refined. (Haydock) --- Greek: Akedia, or torpor of mind, hinders the persecution of any business. There is no title in Hebrew. The sanction of the law will remain after this world is at an end. (Haydock) --- May we all obtain our liberty, (Calmet) or may they imitate my constancy. (Worthington) --- Iniquity. (Worthington), Prevaricators. 6., and cxxxvii. This 6. and 7. this 8. of life---9. a good 10. beginning---11. the hand 12. of discipline (or the heart)---13. from them 14. everlasting 15. help---16. the fountain (or eye) 17. of the mouth 18. of justice---19. the calling 20. of the head 21. of teeth 22. the signs." At the day of judgment, it will not suffice to have observed only some of the commandments. "It is good for the proud to fall into some open sin, (Calmet) whence they may be displeased at themselves." (Haydock) (Berthier) --- Ashamed. Becoming victims of hell, Matthew xxiv. (Menochius), Princes. Or "humility," as St. Augustine understands it of that virtue. Serve thee. Featuring the Church Fathers, Catholic Encyclopedia, Summa Theologica and more. Conscious of his own insufficiently, he prays for grace to be justified. (Berthier), Heart. I am in captivity. (Haydock) --- The Holy Ghost gives this direction to youth, and to all who are exposed to the dangers of pleasure, (Worthington) as David might do to his son, 2 Kings ii. (Calmet) (Josue xxiv. 24., and 31, 19.) The Psalm continues with this, “O Lord, save us, O Lord, grant us success. Complete Concise Chapter Contents. (St. Hilary) --- Eight verses begin with each of the twenty-two letters. Having just mentioned fear; lest any should think that he entertained any secret dislike for the law; he adds, that it gives him more content than the greatest treasures or conquests can the miser or the hero, ver. --- Origen and Ven. 118:0 This is Psalm 118 (Vul 117) in the whole book, the 18 th of the third part. 38. Hebrew, "lying." 4., and ix. (Berthier), Spoil. Do you feel part of an architectonic whole? beautifully describes the life of the just here and in heaven. p. Who do not follow the rules of virtue. 10. (Calmet) --- Therefore, chastisements are very salutary. Literally, "do not cast me off." 8., and 16.) xxvii. Hebrew, "lying." 25. 8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;For His lovingkindness is everlasting. We must love their persons and welfare, (St. Augustine) but hate their iniquity. The psalmist henceforward speaks to God. (ver. 11. was treated. "The truth that is consistently displayed in Psalm 118 is that there is life, powerful victory and unending abundance of goodness in our Lord and Saviour." (Theodoret) (Calmet), Silver, above all the world. --- Yet St. Jerome and others have the topaz, (Berthier) which St. Ambrose represents as the finest of precious stones. 17. (Calmet) --- All who would live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution, 2 Timothy iii. In the Hebrew, like a bottle in the smoke. You are not in a higher station than the holy king who said, I rose, &c., ver. 22. At Babylon, or in the world, which is a pilgrimage, (Calmet) and I am unacquainted with the roads. (Worthington), And am. They have all entered into the temple, and the assembly cries “Hosanna!” (118:25); they then process to the altar with leafy branches, and the presider summons them, “Give thanks to the Lord, who is good.” The assembly responds, “whose hesed endures forever” (118:29). It may also be a prediction, as the Hebrew word (Berthier) yebshu is in the future. (Worthington), Pavement. (Berthier), Cried. With the just tending to perfection, I desire no other inheritance. (1-18) The coming of Christ in his kingdom. Hence all such commandments are immutable. Basil observes, that David has here composed in one psalm the sum of all that he has written in the rest. Chapter 118 It is probable that David penned this psalm when he had, after many a story, weathered his point at last, and gained a full possession of the kingdom to which he had been anointed. (Calmet) --- Thus may they be induced to entertain that shame for sin which bringeth life, (Haydock) and cease to offend. (1-18) The coming of Christ in his kingdom. (Calmet), Topaz. 23. incline, as the work proceeds from grace and free-will. (Worthington), Heart. He is influenced by hope, though the motive of charity is place first. (Worthington) --- Goats' skins, with the hair inward, are still used in some places to contain liquors. That is what we celebrate today. 27., and v. 17., and vi. (Calmet) --- Thus the martyrs despised the threats of tyrants. (St. Jerome) (Haydock) --- Word. (Worthington) --- This supports him under the punishment of sin. (Berthier) --- "This is my consolation in my distress." (Berthier) --- He would have died through zeal, if he had not seen God's justice. (Worthington), Of old. (Worthington) --- To thee, is not in Hebrew, "my eyes prevented the watches." Hebrew, "greatly derided me." in Lam.) (Haydock) --- The Jews confined themselves to their own divine books. We can give him nothing, which he has not first given us. (St. Ambrose) --- I have reflected on my former actions, and taken up this firm determination, trusting in thy mercy, ver. Inheritance. Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the *Hebrew Bible. 11. ( Log Out /  Enable me to keep and to understand thy law, ver. Aleph, &c., "the doctrine---2. of the house; 3. the plenitude, 4. of the tables (or holy scripture)---5. (Haydock) --- Septuagint seem to have read differently essbothi, "I have," &c., instead of hishbatta, "thou hast destroyed." 10. It refers to all the enemies of salvation, particularly to our own passions. 10.). 8.) Hebrew, "asylum and buckler." ( N) than to trust in humans. 22.) Our piety will redound to our own advantage. (St. Jerome), Right. 9. Not even death can disturb those who belong to God, Romans viii. We make no particular claims to have the completeness of a Roman Catholic expression of Christianity. (St. Augustine) --- Reward. 19., and xiii. Jesus Christ, (St. Hilary) who enlightens every man, John i. So the Septuagint of Aldus reads, though the Roman and Hebrew have, "I shall live," Deuteronomy xxx. (St. Hilary; St. Ambrose, &c.) --- The just, or the Church in general, here confess (Worthington) that perseverance is a gift of God. (Haydock) --- Like a spring sending forth a copious stream. 27. (Haydock), Judgment. He therefore makes people just indeed, and does not barely impute justice to them. --- Lamp, (2 Peter i. (Worthington), Mindful. This is denied by St. Jerome (ad Sun.) (Calmet) --- Yet, as the captivity was fixed for seventy years, and many who were almost ignorant of the law, and had married strange wives, returned, this verse overturns that system, and shews that eternal salvation is meant. (Haydock) --- The prevaricating Jews are here designated, ver. 14.; Ven. Hebrew, "avenge," Psalm xii. (Calmet). (Challoner) --- We must search the law, not out of curiosity, but to practise it; (Haydock) otherwise we shall become more guilty. (Calmet) --- Hebrew, "They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways." (Berthier) --- This text evidently shews, that the keeping of the commandments merits a reward, for which we may labour. (Worthington) --- An enlarged heart sometimes denotes the capacity of understanding, 3 Kings iv. 100.) I give thy law the preference, Psalm xviii. But others believe, that he arose in the third and last watch, ver. (St. Ambrose) The psalmist evidently presupposes, that some can and do keep the law. Power (Berthier) and love. Hebrew, "and delay not." St. Jerome (ad Paulam Urb. (St. Hilary) --- He may always at least have recourse to prayer, 1 Thessalonians v. 17. As Paul asks, “Do you think I can take parts of Christ’s body and join them to the body of a prostitute?” Likewise, we would need to become concerned that our individual bodies do form one body, that “to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good” (1 Cor 12:7). of the same description, must yield the palm to those who are less advanced in years, but more observant of God's law. Both night and morning, I prevented the usual hours of prayer. (Bellanger.) (Calmet), Slumbered. 15., and Romans vii. Note here, that in almost every verse of this psalm, (which in number are 176) the word and law of God, and the love and observance of it, are perpetually inculcated, under a variety of denominations, all signifying the same thing. Homer (Iliad A.) So, let’s meditate on the resurrection with an image from Psalm 118: “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” (118:22). Oh let Israel say,“His lovingkindness is everlasting. (Calmet) --- This ecclesiastical office consists of hymns, psalms, &c. (St. Isidore) --- Against it some have risen up, particularly against that part which was said in the night, pretending that God had made the night for rest; and hence they were called nuctazontes, or "drowsy" heretics. 36.) (Worthington), Enemies of salvation, (Berthier) or the Babylonians, whom Daniel far surpassed; thou we would not absolutely assert that it refers to him, Daniel i. (St. Augustine) --- The law is above my comprehension, though I am able to discern its superiority over all created things. 122. 4 Let those who fear the Lordsay, “His steadfast love endures for ever.”. Bede refer it to those times; though it seems in reality to appertain to all who desire to live piously, (Haydock) and it is only a conjecture that any other but David was the author, to whom it is generally attributed. An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 118. www.easyenglish.bible. though the commentary which goes under his name, and was written in the same age, has thy. (Berthier), Turn to me. See Ezechiel iii. Psalm 118 does not name an author in its title, but there is reason to believe it was King David, the Sweet Psalmist of Israel. The powerful men of this world have no just reason to persecute the just, nor can they make them abandon virtue. Its excellency cannot be denied, and the Church has adopted it for her daily office, dividing it into eleven psalms. (Calmet) --- The first entrance into the knowledge of holy Scripture illuminates the understanding of the humble, whence they proceed to know more. This shews that David composed this psalm, as he fell by seeing Bethsabee. (Berthier) --- Those who suffer for the faith, receive great joy. Such cannot expect to be liberated. (Berthier), Thy word. Hebrew, "cry." They sang psalms, or songs, (verse 14). (Worthington) --- Protestants evade this, by reading, "always, even unto the end;" because hekeb is ambiguous, and means also, the end. (St. Benedict, reg. Hebrew, "joy." (Calmet) --- The more the law is despised by the wicked, the more are the just in love with it. Many different versions of this Psalm have been composed for Catholic liturgy. And in Christ, we too shall rise. (Calmet) --- His humility makes him fear, lest his desire should not be sincere. Not to advance is to go back. (Worthington) --- The conclusion contains a confession of misery in the name of all, and an allusion to Christ, the good shepherd. (Calmet), Seven. 3., and Apocalypse x. (Calmet), Perfection, of a worldly nature. (Haydock) --- Meditation alleviates his grief, which might otherwise have proved mortal. Goodness to others (Menochius) in want. (Worthington) --- Let us not be looked upon as criminals. let us fear only one thing, which is, to fear any person more than God. 26.) From the house of the Lord we bless you. (St. Hilary, St. Ambrose, &c.) (Calmet) --- Those who did not belong to the former, in the first ages of the world, might still form a part of the latter, like Job, &c. Without faith it is, and always was, impossible to please God, Hebrews xi. But (Haydock) this psalm contains the praises of the Lord, and of his holy law, under fourteen different names, (Worthington) of way, testimony, &c., repeated in every verse, except the 122d, (Muis) with surprising variety, so as to avoid tautology, and to give a most perfect system of moral doctrine. What was insinuated indirectly in Lk 20:17, the identification of the ‘cornerstone’ of Ps 118:22 as Jesus and the ‘builders’ as the leaders of Israel, is now proclaimed boldly in Acts 4:11.”. Upon the rebel angels, and sinful men, whom thou wilt punish for ever. Dom.) (Calmet) (Colossians iii. Servile fear is therefore profitable, though perfect charity expel it, and move us to do well for the love of God, 1 John iv. (St. Ambrose) --- Hebrew, &c., "it is time for the Lord to act," by punishing the guilty; or, "to act for the Lord," faciendi Domino, by striving to repair the injuries done to his name and worship. (St. Ambrose), To do. Then the assembly heard a sermon of St Augustine “amplifying the awareness that the true temple of God is made not of inert rock, but of human hearts and spirits.”, This might seem to be rather off point, but remember that, as Dr Soskice says, “early Christians, it would seem, believed that Jesus had styled his own body as the Temple, or at least that Jesus’ body could be styled as a temple.” After all, St Paul imagines Christ as a foundation, himself as an architect, and all Christians as builders and building simultaneously. In danger of being thrown by, or of falling, (Worthington) ready to appear before God's tribunal. 115. With requisite fervour, (Worthington) and attention. The feminine is put for the neuter, (Calmet) which the Hebrew have not. 4., and xxiv. (St. Augustine, tr. 33. (Calmet) --- I have bewailed my past transgressions, and am resolved henceforward to live piously. (Haydock) --- David is supposed to have written this psalm for the instruction of Solomon in his youth, (Berthier) though others believe that he composed it while he himself was young, and persecuted by Saul. Justice. (Calmet) --- The breach of any law brings confusion. (St. Ambrose), My ways. Is his arm shortened, or are we no longer his people? The Church has enjoined matins to be said at night, lauds in the morning, prime, tierce, sext, none, vespers and complin, in the course of the day. Nimis. (Calmet) --- David was no less enlightened (Berthier) by the prophetic spirit above his earthly instructor, how aged soever. Slack, Whitby, 1813. And let’s think about actual, concrete stones. (Berthier) --- Yet it was more easy to worship God in his temple, where every thing moved to piety; (Haydock) and this the psalmist desires, deeming it a new life. Nothing official or authoritatively connected to the Magisterium. (St. Augustine), Loved. (Worthington), Reproach. Literally, "in maturity." 1., and Romans viii. 13. (Haydock) --- Done. Amphoræ fumum bibere institutæ, Consule Tullo. (Calmet) --- He rejoiceth thus in keeping the commandments, how difficult soever they may be. But it is only the disciples who see this, not the people of Jerusalem – Jesus is the rejected stone that will have to somehow “become the cornerstone” (Lk 20:17). Alleluia. Christ is risen, Alleluia! Change ). Psalm 118:9 "[It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes." Thus the law is insinuated, though it is not here expressed. 6. 20 This is the LORD’s own gate, … 148. (Berthier) --- In the same sense as we pray, Lead us not into temptation. (Haydock) --- The laws of God afford the best advice. (Calmet) --- This answer I will give boldly, if I obtain thy grace, which will strengthen my weakness. Jesus Christ, according to St. Jerome. (Calmet), Loved. The words of Psalm 118 have long been used to herald Easter. (St. Augustine), Always. (Berthier), In heaven. I was so delighted with thy law, that I meditated on it both in the day-time, and at night. But venial faults are not incompatible with justice. (Worthington), This hope, hæc, though some would suppose it is put for hoc. (Calmet) --- But the psalmist might have all these senses (Haydock) in view, as they are all good; and hence we may admire the copiousness of the Hebrew language. --- Unto good. (St. Hilary) --- I cannot fulfil the law, without thy grace. We would have to become concerned for corporate sins and delusions that might lead to the defilement of the body of believers. (Worthington) --- We must observe what we know, that we may receive greater lights. Hidden sins of thought, (St. Ambrose) or the sarcasms of the Babylonians. Hebrew, "lying." So much was the psalmist grieved at the sight of sinners! Hebrew paz, which denotes "the purest gold" of Phison, Genesis ii. 21.) The just are animated with the zeal of God, like St. Paul. This he declares out of zeal, praying to be freed from calumniators, (Worthington) particularly the devil, Apocalypse xii. (Berthier), Correct. (Menochius), See me advance in virtue. That they may not cause me to abandon virtue. (Haydock) --- God rejects none but the negligent. Of darkness, or the chiefs of the Philistines, &c. (Berthier) --- Daniel was much exposed to the fury of the Babylonian princes, but he was more afraid of the terrors of the law, (Leviticus xxvi.) 12. To serve God, it was not requisite that one should be at Jerusalem. ), Ways. (St. Hilary) --- Protect me from falling. (Worthington) --- God never hinders his servants from doing this, though he sometimes suffers them to fall. or step by step. (Menochius) --- The latter sense is much better, 2 Corinthians v. 6., and Hebrews xi. --- Mediation. (Berthier), Shine. The just are subject to fall, 1 John i. We would have to ask if our giving and receiving to and from one another really manifests a continual self-emptying (Phil 2:7). (St. Augustine) --- A person must be well grounded not to yield on such occasions, when he is exposed to ridicule, &c., ver. mention several of these hours, and exhort the faithful to be diligent in attending these public prayers. 7.) That all thy ordinances are most equitable, (Worthington) and when I shall have faithfully put them in practice, Ecclesiasticus xv. Of the excellence of virtue, consisting in the love and observance of the commandments of God. St. Cyprian, (or. (Worthington) --- Yet fear sometimes returns, that the just may not give way to presumption. than of all that they could do against him. Bede, Hist. By the ceremony of circumcision, &c., as we now engage by vows in baptism, to observe all the commandments. 11., and Ecclesiasticus v. 8.; Berthier) or we stand in the utmost need of the Messias, since even the Jews give erroneous explanations of the law. (Calmet) --- The just are persuaded, that God will not reject the humble, (Berthier) according to the opinion (sententiam) of, &c. (Chaldean), Calumnies. (Worthington), Peace, in their own conscience, (Worthington) and prosperity, without fear of danger. The consecrations of medieval cathedrals associated the massive stone structures with Jerusalem, “the place of God’s tabernacling with the people.” The standard lesson was almost always drawn from the Book of Revelation: “I saw the holy city, and the New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, as beautiful as a bride dressed for her husband” (Rev 21:2). (Worthington), Justice. (Berthier) --- Pagnin, "I judged all, yea all thy precepts to be right." (Berthier) --- The Scriptures are full of difficulties, and Daniel (ix. (Haydock) --- Daniel spoke with great freedom to Nabuchodonosor, &c., Daniel ii. made them his study. The Prayer and Promise of Psalm 118. But this is a Hebrew idiom, to imply the greatest diligence. 1., and Ezechiel xxviii. So, “with great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all” (Acts 4:33). who says, (or. iii. Hebrew, "dust," (Berthier) weighed down by concupiscence, (St. Augustine) and infected by the union with the body. (Worthington), Panted. (Berthier), Help me. Inasmuch as they oppose thy law. 9. (Worthington), Covetousness. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 8. (Haydock), Abjection. (Calmet) --- The observance of the law is the only method to preserve innocence, or to regain it. (Calmet) --- Such are still the false maxims of the world, and many books designed to corrupt the morals of the age. Thus Daniel, (vi. 6.) I have concealed them in my heart. (Haydock) --- All have their limits. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". Many read, "thy ways." (Worthington), Salvation. x. (Calmet) --- Shall we hesitate whether to follow the narrow or the broad road? She will not give up one article of faith, though all heretics would thus embrace every other part of her doctrine. & Proem. 11. 2.) The Targum is, "in … moralizes on the signification of these letters, which he renders, 1. We have already heard that God “raises the needy from the dust, lifts the poor from the ash heap” (Ps 113:7), turns “rock into … that his loving kindness endures forever. (Calmet), Princes. --- St. Jerome styles Vigilantius Dormitantius, for the same reason; as if it were better to sleep than to watch. (Berthier). Such only are happy here, (Worthington) or hereafter. I have been fatigued with looking up to heaven for aid, like a woman who looks for the return of her husband to port. (Worthington) --- Apostates particularly filled him with horror. Under the letter, I discovered many mysteries, which makes me study them diligently. (St. Isidore, Of. I called upon the Lord in distress — As if he had said, You may see an example of the divine mercy in me, who was in grievous straits and dangers, but, imploring God’s protection and help, he answered me, and set me in a large place — He not only delivered me, but placed me in a secure condition, free from all such molestation. (Calmet). 18. This is because they sang the psalm at the feast of tree houses. --- God authorizes us to aim at the reward, though he would not have this to be they only motive, ver. 67. Od. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. (Calmet) --- They were hung over the smoke, to make the wine old, or fit for drinking sooner. Septuagint, "fools," Greek: asunetountas. (Pagnin) --- But to pervert, means also to treat ill; and hivvethuni has that sense here, (Haydock) according to the best authors. (Houbigant) in opposition to those who endeavoured to make him fall, ver. (St. Augustine) --- There is no such thing as the philosophic sin, (Berthier) which abstracts from every offence of the Deity, though it be allowed to be contrary to reason. (Worthington), Heart. (St. Chrysostom, ser. (Calmet) (Daniel ix. Often, (Worthington) as the word signifies, Proverbs xxiv. Alleluia. (Berthier) --- Batsah is rendered mammon by the Chaldean. compares the speech of Nestor with honey. (Worthington), Live. [Matthew vi. 82. No. 19. 12. To guard against the temptations of vanity. (St. Augustine, [Confessions?] (Calmet) --- Christians formerly concealed the mysteries of religion with the utmost care. “Didn’t you realize that you were God’s temple and that the Spirit of God was living among you?” (1 Cor 3:16). (Worthington) --- The virtuous man is neither scandalized at the law, though he may not understand it perfectly nor at the fall of those who had been most eminent for sanctity. 19., and Proverbs vi. (Theodoret) --- We may confidently pray to our Creator for light, (Worthington) and that he may perfect his work. 24., Ezechiel iii. As J. Ross Wagner concludes, “The vindication of Jesus that was a promise in Luke 20 has now become a reality through the resurrection. (Worthington), Wonderful. But do we today bear witness “with great power” to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus as did Peter and the apostles? (Calmet), Sinners. All the saints sighed after our Saviour's coming, (Matthew xiii. (Vatable) --- Yet here it may determine the precise number, as the Church seems to have taken it, by instituting the seven canonical hours of the day, and matins and lauds for the night, in imitation of the psalmist. (Du Hamel) --- The Israelites might recite this psalm on their journey, three times a-year, to the temple, as the fifteen gradual canticles which follow, were to be sung on the steps leading to the house of God. (Calmet) --- Sin is odious, because it is contrary to God's law, which is most delightful. (Haydock) --- All aim at happiness, but only the virtuous take the proper means to attain it. Posted on 27 March 2005 by catholicsensibility. (Calmet). --- The promises seem not to have their effect here; but they will in heaven. (Protestants) (Berthier), Diligently. Mercy. Words in boxes are from the Bible. In the faithful angels, (St. Augustine) or Jesus Christ. The commandments of God are called his testimonies, because they testify his holy will unto us. In rewarding, punishing, &c. This thou wilt enable me to perceive, (Worthington) as thy law is too much above my comprehension. What would it mean to imagine the resurrected body of Christ as the foundation of a structure like Ely Cathedral with Christians as “living stones” built upon it? Wedding Lectionary: Psalm 118: (24), 1 & 4, 24-25, 26-27, 28-29 | Catholic Sensibility, Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b, 64:2-7, Fratelli Tutti 62: Love Exudes Compassion For All, Fratelli Tutti 61: The Bible Witnesses To Welcome, The Parish Blog of St. Edward the Confessor. Loss of blood often causes people to slumber. St. Ambrose, &c., add, "and the honeycomb," Psalm xviii. He considers himself as placed at the feet of his divine Master. 25., and xviii. Bible Commentary - Psalm 118:8 REAL Bible Believers ... Psalm 118 • A Psalm foretelling the work of ... Father Augustine's Homily Was Amazing At The 2015 North Texas Catholic … 6.) The enemies here mentioned were the Israelites, who attacked David, and not the Babylonians, who never knew God's law, or apostate captives, since we do not find that they attempted to injure Daniel, &c. (Berthier) --- Many, however, both at Ninive and Babylon prevaricated, Tobias i. 17.) 26, 27.) The Messias, foretold by the prophets, (Genesis xlix., Romans iii. the gates of righteousness, partly, in opposition to the gates of death, of which he speaks implicitly Psalms 118:18, and expressly Psalms 9:13 107:18, which may be called the gates of sin or unrighteousness, because death is the wages of sin; partly, because there the rule of righteousness was kept and taught, and the sacrifices of righteousness (as they are called, Psalms 4:5) were offered, and … (Haydock) --- Pure as any thing which has passed through the fire. We wander from thee, yet there is no place between. PSALM 118Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Saving Goodness. (Berthier) --- Most of the fathers read, "in thy hands," under God's protection. (Calmet), Fables. The ancients, (ver. (Theodoret) (James ii. Yet we must not fail to entreat God not to suffer us to be confounded, which will not be the case, if we entertain hope, and charity be poured on our hearts, Romans v. 5. (St. Hilary), Earth. (Calmet), This. Portions of the psalm are, in the New Testament, applied to Christ; and it has been made a question whether it had, or had not, an original reference to him. 4. But this is unnecessary. (Calmet). (St. Augustine) --- A patient thanks his physician for having used a necessary severity. (Haydock), Teachers. (Worthington) --- Moses acknowledged, that man could not observe the law, without Christ, Deuteronomy xxx 11., and Romans x. (Worthington), Declaration. (Calmet), Song. Let Israel now say. (Berthier), Coveted. They shouted how great God was in their tents. (Calmet) --- All the godly must suffer, 2 Timothy iii. Basil, reg. 6. Literally, "confounded," not accomplishing their wicked designs. Like a bottle in the frost. Does the living Body of Christ remind you that God’s “hesed endures forever” (Ps 118:29)? Counsels of voluntary poverty, & c., as we now engage by vows baptism! Your details below or click an icon to Log in: You are commenting using Google... 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