Temptations of the devil, (St. Augustine) and of the wicked, who strive by force, or by caresses, to ensnare the virtuous, ver. Uphold. compares the speech of Nestor with honey. (Calmet) --- Thus may they be induced to entertain that shame for sin which bringeth life, (Haydock) and cease to offend. (Haydock), Quicken. (St. Chrysostom, ser. (Calmet) --- The topaz was discovered only in the reign of Ptolemy, father of Philadelphus. fus. 3. Hebrew, Chaldean, &c., "The proud have dug pits for me, which is not conformable to thy law," (Calmet) but forbidden expressly. But God's law bindeth for ever, as the rewards and punishments are eternal. 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. Mercy. Hebrew, "greatly derided me." (Challoner) --- So the bodies of the just are exposed to mortification, that they may become like new bottles, capable of containing the new wine of the gospel doctrine, Matthew ix. (Calmet) --- He rejoiceth thus in keeping the commandments, how difficult soever they may be. (Calmet) --- Houbigant rejects the word pits, and in effect, we may understand the Hebrew in the sense of the Vulgate, "They have prepared (or told me) vain discourses." (Calmet), Princes. It is good to trust in the Lord. (St. Hilary) --- The true living members of Christ enjoy the great benefit of partaking in the prayers and good works of the whole Church militant and triumphant, in the communion of saints. 19 Open the gates of righteousness; I will enter and thank the LORD. Sleep is often put for death. 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. (Berthier) --- God punishes the wicked in his justice, and rewards the just in his truth, or according to his promises. ( Log Out / 145, &c. (Berthier), Live. 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. St. Jerome (ad Paulam Urb. Catholic Sensibility is a personal blog by a Catholic layperson with comments and occasional other writings by Catholics and non-Catholics. Constraint takes away all merit. (Berthier), Near. 24., Ezechiel iii. beautifully describes the life of the just here and in heaven. Both night and morning, I prevented the usual hours of prayer. 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 pools of water, stone into flowing springs” (Ps 114:8; Ex 17:1-7), and deserves the praise of all nations (Ps 117:1). (Haydock) --- The psalmist means thus to express his firm determination to do all that God should require of him, (St. Augustine) and renews the solemn covenant entered into with the Deity by his ancestors. The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine upon us. 6. (Worthington), And am. It contains opinion, interpretation, and personal musings. This encourages me to adhere to the cause of virtue. --- These pious exercises were opposed to the scandalous discourses of sinners. (Worthington) --- Sinners are afflicted that they may amend, and the just for their advancement. (Worthington), Hands. 124. in Joan.) (2 Corinthians vi.) (Calmet), Ever. They shouted how great God was in their tents. Used by Permission. 3 Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures for ever.”. (St. Hilary) --- Eight verses begin with each of the twenty-two letters. In danger of being thrown by, or of falling, (Worthington) ready to appear before God's tribunal. (Worthington) --- His law may be easily known, Deuteronomy xxx. 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. The Prayer and Promise of Psalm 118. (Worthington) --- Goats' skins, with the hair inward, are still used in some places to contain liquors. (Atheneus xiii. 17. 6.) 33. Except man, (Worthington) and angels who rebel; and yet they also are forced to serve as victims of justice, if they have refused to accept of mercy. mention several of these hours, and exhort the faithful to be diligent in attending these public prayers. That is, I am become, through my sufferings in this mortal pilgrimage, as a leathern bottle, shrunk up because of being exposed to the frost or smoke. It may also be a prediction, as the Hebrew word (Berthier) yebshu is in the future. Not always. We would have to become concerned for corporate sins and delusions that might lead to the defilement of the body of believers. 8.) (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. That’s it. (Theodoret) --- We may confidently pray to our Creator for light, (Worthington) and that he may perfect his work. (Calmet), Slumbered. 9. (Calmet) --- See Proverbs xvi. (Berthier) --- The law of God, proposed by his prophets and pastors, in the ordinary method of instruction. There is no title in Hebrew. 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? Eusebius reads axioma, "dignity," which S. Ambrose thinks has been substituted for axiosis, "prayer;" though all our copies of the Septuagint have deesis, (Calmet) a word of the same import. St Luke quotes Psalm 118 four times in his writings. 14.; Ven. Literally, "confounded," not accomplishing their wicked designs. 4. See Ezechiel iii. (Worthington) --- Actual grace is requisite. (Worthington) --- The saints have been often ridiculed, Jeremias xx. Man cannot rise from sin without grace, and attention to the law. 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