(Calmet) --- The just are persuaded, that God will not reject the humble, (Berthier) according to the opinion (sententiam) of, &c. (Chaldean), Calumnies. 17.) (Berthier) --- Pagnin, "I judged all, yea all thy precepts to be right." 33.) 17. Used by Permission. Posted on 27 March 2005 by catholicsensibility. The notes explain some of the words with a *star by them. made them his study. Hæc facta est mihi. There is no medium between faith and infidelity. Bible Commentary Early Church Fathers ... Catechism of the Catholic Church on the 10 Commandments. This is because they sang the psalm at the feast of tree houses. He does not intimate that God can forget, but shews his fervour, (St. Augustine) and begs that he may be worthy to receive the effects of God's promises. (Berthier), Cursed. 2 Let the House of Israel say, 'His faithful love endures for ever.'. was treated. I give thy law the preference, Psalm xviii. (Calmet) --- Even the psalmist dreaded this situation. (Calmet), Topaz. (St. Hilary and St. Ambrose) --- Moses had given the letter of the law only, insinuating, that it must be kept with all the heart, as David here more fully explains. (Berthier) --- In attacking the devil, who is so experienced, we must take God with us, or we shall surely be overcome. Homer (Iliad A.) (St. Augustine) --- Reward. (Berthier) --- So Christ orders us to hate our parents, when they are an obstacle to our salvation. When we have been most diligent, there still remains much to be done, and in many things we offend. Some think that we should read immaturitate, Greek: aoria, (St. Augustine) "in the dead of the night." 6., and cxxxvii. (St. Jerome) --- If I have but a short time to live, I ardently seek for instruction, (Worthington) and wish to advance daily in virtue. Inclined. 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) --- God's works and laws deserve our most serious attention. (Berthier), Many. (Berthier) (ver. (Calmet). (Houbigant) --- Hence the three apostles slept, Luke xxii. Complete Concise Chapter Contents. Septuagint, "I." That they may not cause me to abandon virtue. (Worthington) --- How then can we doubt but his law and promises shall be accomplished? 22.) (Berthier), Correct. The prophet admits that notwithstanding his love of the law, he may have still many ways transgressed; and that without faith in the Messias, he could not belong to his fold, or escape the many dangers of the world, 1 Corinthians iv. as they still do, 2 Timothy iv. (Berthier), Snare, ver. 16.) (ver. (Worthington), Heart. (Calmet) --- David was no less enlightened (Berthier) by the prophetic spirit above his earthly instructor, how aged soever. 9. "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." That is what we celebrate today. 33. (Calmet), Servant. 27. beautifully describes the life of the just here and in heaven. Hebrew, "cry." (Confessions ix. Temptations of the devil, (St. Augustine) and of the wicked, who strive by force, or by caresses, to ensnare the virtuous, ver. 112.) Idle tales, not agreeable to God's law. (Berthier) --- The law of God, proposed by his prophets and pastors, in the ordinary method of instruction. including "This Is the Day" by Michael Joncas, and "Let Us … Bible Commentary Early Church Fathers Medieval Patristic. (Bellarmine) (Menochius) --- Lord. p. Both night and morning, I prevented the usual hours of prayer. (Worthington), Hands. But do we today bear witness “with great power” to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus as did Peter and the apostles? (Apostolic Constitutions viii. (St. Gregory, Mor. ( Log Out /  (Protestants) (Berthier), Diligently. In danger of being thrown by, or of falling, (Worthington) ready to appear before God's tribunal. (Haydock) --- Deprived of grace, we should fall, no less than if God "made us err," as the Hebrew strictly implies. (Haydock) --- The hatred of the wicked made the love of the beauty of the law increase in my breast. as more conformable to the original, though the sense is much the same. 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) --- But all things work together for their good, Romans viii. or step by step. Hebrew, "a friend." 21.) (Berthier) --- St. Hilary would not abandon the Septuagint. 106.; Calmet) which he made with perfect freedom and willingness, though it was not a matter of choice. (1-18) The coming of Christ in his kingdom. If thou free me from captivity, I may reply that my hopes were not vain. 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. Gordon Churchyard. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. (Worthington) --- In many dangers our ancestors have been protected by God. (Berthier) --- The word of God is as unchangeable as heaven. (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. (Worthington), Law. And in Christ, we too shall rise. Idols, worldly prosperity, &c., (Psalm xxxvi. (Worthington), Did. Now I am not ashamed to publish them. Upon the rebel angels, and sinful men, whom thou wilt punish for ever. With the just tending to perfection, I desire no other inheritance. All nations compassed me about — The neighbouring nations, the Philistines, Syrians, Ammonites, Moabites, who were stirred up by the overthrows which David had given to some of them, by their jealousy at his growing greatness, and by their hatred against the true religion. 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. The disciples quote this same verse when Jesus enters into Jerusalem (Lk 19:38) on the back of a colt – a messianic sign (Zech 9:9). Does the living Body of Christ remind you that God’s “hesed endures forever” (Ps 118:29)? 7.) St. Ambrose, &c., add, "and the honeycomb," Psalm xviii. 13.; Berthier) or grace, freely promised to all who ask for it. (Haydock) --- Done. These expressions relate to the Church. We must love their persons and welfare, (St. Augustine) but hate their iniquity. 10.) In Acts, St Peter, after curing a lame man and proclaiming that Jesus is the “cornerstone,” tells us “in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in his name this man stands before you healed” (Acts 4:11). 25., and xviii. By thus connecting the letters, he forms sentences to shew that the holy Scriptures bring us to the knowledge of the Church, and of Christ, &c. See Worthington. (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. These are most glorious titles, importing the true service of Christ, in unity with the Catholic Church, and under the Vicar of Jesus Christ, the Pope. (Worthington), Trouble. Amphoræ fumum bibere institutæ, Consule Tullo. (Worthington), Law. 24., Ezechiel iii. The consecration liturgies also looked back to Solomon’s consecration of the First Temple as a prototype (2 Chr 7:1-16). He acknowledges God as his God, and calls on all to praise him. (Haydock), Desired. The Targum is, "in … The Fathers explain this of David, who was preferred before his brothers; and of the Gentiles, who were chosen by Jesus Christ. (Haydock) --- Greek: Akedia, or torpor of mind, hinders the persecution of any business. (Worthington) --- Apostates particularly filled him with horror. 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. --- God authorizes us to aim at the reward, though he would not have this to be they only motive, ver. (St. Hilary) --- Though his decrees be most certain, means must be employed, which the just pray may not be wanting. (Worthington), Sworn. 20. (Worthington), Of old. (Challoner) --- We must search the law, not out of curiosity, but to practise it; (Haydock) otherwise we shall become more guilty. (Duport.) (Calmet) --- Therefore, chastisements are very salutary. 6.) (Calmet) --- He got up before the ordinary time, and prayed with earnestness. All. (Haydock) --- We must pray that God will take away the occasions of sin, and help us to advance in virtue. 41.) Draw me from this state of oppression, (Calmet) or rather, give me abundant grace, (Berthier) and eternal life. 4. in Joan. (Worthington) --- Protestants evade this, by reading, "always, even unto the end;" because hekeb is ambiguous, and means also, the end. (St. Hilary) --- Protect me from falling. who says, (or. 42. ad pop.) 24., and 31, 19.) (Worthington) --- The captives would not give holy things to dogs: but, among themselves, they sung canticles, Psalm cxxxvi. (Worthington), Iniquity. (Worthington), Salvation. He speaks of the gift of prophecy: or "before I was afflicted, I went astray." The just prays for greater perfection, and for perseverance. ), Ways. (St. Augustine), Loved. 9. Hebrew, "dust," (Berthier) weighed down by concupiscence, (St. Augustine) and infected by the union with the body. Thus many even of the female sex have professed their faith boldly, with St. Agnes, St. Catharine, St. Winefrid, &c., answering the reproachful objections that were put to them, as if it were dishonourable to be a Christian, Catholic or Papist. ( P) 10 All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I … Od. 5.) (Calmet), Save me. (Calmet) --- Thus may they be induced to entertain that shame for sin which bringeth life, (Haydock) and cease to offend. (Berthier) --- Literally, "consummation." Sigim, scorias, may have been sugim in their copies, though both may be derived from sug, "he departed." 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). Nothing official or authoritatively connected to the Magisterium. (Berthier), Law. (Berthier), Night. Under tribulation, (St. Augustine) or to avoid the malice of those who pried into my conduct. Since the coming of Christ, the mysteries and prophecies have been more developed. 15., and Hebrews xi. b) This group of psalms called the Egyptian Haifa runs from Psalm 113 to 118. i) If you recall from two lessons ago, Psalm 113 is about being "called" by God. We can give him nothing, which he has not first given us. (Worthington), Afraid. 19., and xiii. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.”. (Haydock) --- Like a spring sending forth a copious stream. 122. Perhaps Ps 118:5, which says, I called upon the LORD in distress (literally, out of the narrow gorge), and the LORD answered me on the open plain--which describes the deliverance of Israel from their captivity, --may have been sung as they defiled from a narrow ravine into the plain; and when they arrived at the gate of the temple, then they broke forth in full chorus into the words, "Open to me the gates of … (Calmet) --- The breach of any law brings confusion. The meaning of sehaphim is not well ascertained. Psalm 118 is also closely associated with Easter in the Catholic Church, and it is typically sung at the Easter Vigil and the morning Mass on Easter Sunday. It is good to trust in the Lord. (Berthier), Morning. (Worthington), Pavement. (Worthington) --- He does not beg never to be tempted, or in tribulation; (Haydock) but only that he may not yield to sin. We would then have to really see our bodies as “temples of the Holy Spirit” and also “members making up the body of Christ” (1 Cor 6). (St. Ambrose), Salvation. "It is good for the proud to fall into some open sin, (Calmet) whence they may be displeased at themselves." (Worthington), Goodness, or sweetness, denoting the unction of grace. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? 10. (Berthier), Near. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. In my steps. Like a bottle in the frost. Commentary, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, Amanda Benckhuysen, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2015. Hebrew, "avenge," Psalm xii. (Haydock) --- The Jews confined themselves to their own divine books. Do you feel part of an architectonic whole? (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), My ways. They have no compassion or wisdom, Isaias vi. (Berthier) --- But shew me favour. The verb should be explained in the future, as St. Jerome has them, (Calmet) though this is immaterial. But the Church will never cease to proclaim the truth. For cursed is he who does the work of God negligently, (Septuagint) or with deceit, Jeremias xlviii. (Atheneus xiii. Change ). (Berthier) --- He is actuated by real charity. (Haydock) --- The perfect are not moved to imitate bad example, and the weak are not excused for so doing, as they ought to be constant. (1-18) The coming of Christ in his kingdom. 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." The ancients, (ver. (Bellanger.) 136. (Houbigant) in opposition to those who endeavoured to make him fall, ver. (St. Hilary) --- He may always at least have recourse to prayer, 1 Thessalonians v. 17. (Worthington). 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.) St. Jerome, "before I heard, I was ignorant." Who do not follow the rules of virtue. (Calmet) --- The more the law is despised by the wicked, the more are the just in love with it. (Calmet), Song. We must come to the practice of the law, (Calmet) and hate sin. 13. (Haydock) --- But I continued to observe thy law (Calmet) with patience, notwithstanding their provocations. (Worthington) --- Let us not be looked upon as criminals. The just are animated with the zeal of God, like St. Paul. (Calmet) --- Before, I often fell; but sorrow has made me understand. 23. 17. But others believe, that he arose in the third and last watch, ver. 6.) (Worthington), His testimonies. 23., and Titus ii. Some understand Jesus Christ, the end of the law; or martyrdom, the height of charity; or extreme distress, by the word perfection. But venial faults are not incompatible with justice. Commentary on Psalm 118. I will strive to imitate the faith of Abraham, &c. (Haydock) --- I will stick to the law as to my portion, through pure love. (Calmet) --- Without the points, cheleb means also milk. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-118.html. Literally, "confounded," not accomplishing their wicked designs. 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