psalm 118 catholic commentary

St. Jerome, (ep. (Calmet), Loved. (Pagnin) --- But to pervert, means also to treat ill; and hivvethuni has that sense here, (Haydock) according to the best authors. (Calmet), Riches. The Scriptures frequently propose reward, the second, though less excellent motive, Matthew v. 12., Genesis xv. (St. Augustine) --- A patient thanks his physician for having used a necessary severity. 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. 6.) 4. in Joan. Or custom, (Calmet) as thou art wont to treat such. (Calmet) --- All who would live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution, 2 Timothy iii. It may also be a prediction, as the Hebrew word (Berthier) yebshu is in the future. (St. Jerome) (Haydock) --- Word. Alleluia. God’s steadfast love endures forever! I am already able to encounter my enemies, Philippians ii. St. Augustine (tr. Sigim, scorias, may have been sugim in their copies, though both may be derived from sug, "he departed." “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.”. (Worthington), Directed. (Worthington), Declaration. (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. Still we acknowledge that we are useless servants, (Luke xvii. You are not in a higher station than the holy king who said, I rose, &c., ver. Man runs, but God must impart grace. (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." 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. (Berthier) --- St. Augustine has written thirty-two, and St. Ambrose twenty-two sermons on the contents; and St. 112.) 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. 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). Jesus Christ, according to St. Jerome. 23., and Titus ii. (Worthington), Of old. (Calmet) (Josue xxiv. (St. Ambrose), My ways. (Berthier) --- In the same sense as we pray, Lead us not into temptation. (St. Ambrose), Salvation. (Berthier) --- The word of God is as unchangeable as heaven. Now we hear the culmination of all this in a thanksgiving liturgy – we hear that “God’s love endures forever” (118:1-4), and the presider, once hard pressed, declares “the Lord, my strength and might, came to me as savior” (118:14, Ex 15:2), so that, as the assembly responds, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” (118:22). Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. St. Jerome (ad Paulam Urb. There is no title in Hebrew. (Calmet) --- Without the points, cheleb means also milk. (Nightingale) --- See N. G.'s letters to J. (St. Augustine) --- A person must be well grounded not to yield on such occasions, when he is exposed to ridicule, &c., ver. (Calmet) --- He rejoiceth thus in keeping the commandments, how difficult soever they may be. "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." (Septuagint; Arabic) --- But this is the true sense of the Hebrew, &c. The consciousness of having adhered to thy commands, makes me hope that thou wilt not abandon me. (Haydock) The word is very comprehensive. (Calmet), Servant. (Haydock) --- Greek: Akedia, or torpor of mind, hinders the persecution of any business. (Calmet) --- His humility makes him fear, lest his desire should not be sincere. or step by step. 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). O! (Worthington) --- The conclusion contains a confession of misery in the name of all, and an allusion to Christ, the good shepherd. 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 … It contains opinion, interpretation, and personal musings. (St. Jerome), Right. Pingback: Wedding Lectionary: Psalm 118: (24), 1 & 4, 24-25, 26-27, 28-29 | Catholic Sensibility. He acknowledges God as his God, and calls on all to praise him. And in Christ, we too shall rise. 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). (St. Hilary) --- Son, give me thy heart, Proverbs xxiii. Under tribulation, (St. Augustine) or to avoid the malice of those who pried into my conduct. Commentary on Psalm 118. (Berthier), Ever. (St. Augustine, [Confessions?] --- Origen and Ven. 24. 8. 145, &c. (Berthier), Live. 3. Honey. (Haydock) --- But I continued to observe thy law (Calmet) with patience, notwithstanding their provocations. He told us, “I will pull down this Temple that is made with hands and in three days I will build up another, not made with hands” (Mk 14:58). (Worthington) --- That of Moses receives its perfection in Christianity. (Berthier), Cursed. iii. (Calmet) --- Confessors rejoice in meditation on God's words, which they shew forth in all their actions. 82. 10.) (Haydock) --- Remit the punishment of my sins, (Psalm cvi. (Calmet) --- Even the psalmist dreaded this situation. 164. Literally, "do not cast me off." (Worthington) --- Let us not be looked upon as criminals. (Berthier), Shine. 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). (Muis; Bossuet, &c.) --- It seems very probable, that David wrote it for the consolation of the captives. (Calmet) --- See Proverbs xvi. (Berthier) --- He is actuated by real charity. --- Mediation. PSALM 118Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Saving Goodness. i. Hebrew, "lying." (Calmet) --- Such are still the false maxims of the world, and many books designed to corrupt the morals of the age. St. Jerome, "for the eternal reward." x. 12. (Worthington) --- Protestants evade this, by reading, "always, even unto the end;" because hekeb is ambiguous, and means also, the end. 24. (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. He therefore makes people just indeed, and does not barely impute justice to them. (St. Augustine, tr. (Calmet) (Colossians iii. (Berthier) --- The wicked combine together for my ruin: but I will still be faithful. Hebrew, "dust," (Berthier) weighed down by concupiscence, (St. Augustine) and infected by the union with the body. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? (Berthier) --- "This is my consolation in my distress." (St. Chrysostom, ser. Amphoræ fumum bibere institutæ, Consule Tullo. 100.) (Berthier) --- Those who suffer for the faith, receive great joy. (Haydock), Judgment. (St. Augustine) (Theodoret) --- Hebrew, "wisdom," or discernment how to act, and knowledge of what regards thy law and revealed truths. 24., and 31, 19.) Idle tales, not agreeable to God's law. (Worthington) --- He does not beg never to be tempted, or in tribulation; (Haydock) but only that he may not yield to sin. (St. Jerome), Young. (Worthington), And am. Neil's commentary on Psalm 118 “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.” As Konrad Schaefer, OSB, reminds us, Psalm 118 is the concluding Psalm in the “Egyptian Hallel” (Psalms 113-118). Slack, Whitby, 1813. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.” As Konrad Schaefer, OSB, reminds us, Psalm 118 is the concluding Psalm in the “Egyptian Hallel” (Psalms 113-118). (Theodoret) --- Let them be converted: though it be also (Haydock) lawful to desire that obstinate sinners may undergo just punishment. as the Church does at her children's progress. The ancients, (ver. 122. ), Fainting. (Calmet) --- The breach of any law brings confusion. But do we today bear witness “with great power” to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus as did Peter and the apostles? of the same description, must yield the palm to those who are less advanced in years, but more observant of God's law. (Calmet) --- My soul perishes through grief. 15., and Hebrews xi. (Worthington), Mindful. Hebrew, "lying." (Calmet) --- This answer I will give boldly, if I obtain thy grace, which will strengthen my weakness. That they may not cause me to abandon virtue. The powerful men of this world have no just reason to persecute the just, nor can they make them abandon virtue. 2.) (Calmet), Earth. with regard to God. Wycliff (Wald. 33. 6., and cxxxvii. ( Log Out /  (Haydock) --- Done. 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. (Calmet) --- The observance of the law is the only method to preserve innocence, or to regain it. Does the living Body of Christ remind you that God’s “hesed endures forever” (Ps 118:29)? as it is still by many religious orders, ver. (Berthier) --- Batsah is rendered mammon by the Chaldean. Behold. though the commentary which goes under his name, and was written in the same age, has thy. 15. (St. Jerome) --- If I have but a short time to live, I ardently seek for instruction, (Worthington) and wish to advance daily in virtue. (Worthington), Mouth. as they still do, 2 Timothy iv. Becoming victims of hell, Matthew xxiv. The Psalm continues with this, “O Lord, save us, O Lord, grant us success. (Haydock) --- The hatred of the wicked made the love of the beauty of the law increase in my breast. 2., and Psalm lxxx 11. (St. Hilary) --- Eight verses begin with each of the twenty-two letters. in Lam.) The author of the psalm again speaks, Psalm 118:28-29. 5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lordanswered me and set me free. Alleluia. 6. (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. 75.) (Calmet) --- The topaz was discovered only in the reign of Ptolemy, father of Philadelphus. 4., and xxiv. (Calmet), Vanity. & Proem. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". 17.; Calmet) --- also original sin, and its effects. 33.) (Worthington), Sworn. Daniel, Tobias, &c., were saints elsewhere. (Haydock) --- It may be advantageous to us to be left awhile, that we may know our own weakness. As Konrad Schaefer, OSB, reminds us, Psalm 118 is the concluding Psalm in the “ Egyptian Hallel ” (Psalms 113-118). Jesus tells the Pharisees that “you will not see me until (the time comes when) you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’” (Lk 13:35), so that Psalm 118:26’s description of an entrance into the temple becomes a vision of Jerusalem welcoming its Messiah. 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. (Haydock) --- The prevaricating Jews are here designated, ver. Charity, which extends both to God and our neighbour. (Berthier), Spoil. (Berthier), Correct. Bede, Hist. (Worthington), Wonderful. 8.) Enable me to keep and to understand thy law, ver. 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). (Calmet), Perfection, of a worldly nature. These expressions relate to the Church. Servile fear is therefore profitable, though perfect charity expel it, and move us to do well for the love of God, 1 John iv. --- The promises seem not to have their effect here; but they will in heaven. The psalms of the Egyptian Hallel were sung as part of the Passover ceremony, with 113-114 sung before the meal and 115-118 after the meal. Literally, "the word" that I, &c. Thus he stops their mouths, by professing his confidence in God. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of Thy laws are just and true in all respects, though we may not be able to discern it always, Romans ix. 33. Of thy, (de, &c.) but the true reading is, in testimoniis, "conformably to," &c., as in the Hebrew, Septuagint, and Vulgate. 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). (Worthington) --- Actual grace is requisite. (Worthington) --- The deliverance from Babylon was a figure of redemption. The Babylonians have attempted to draw me over to their false religion; but I perceived its vanity, (Calmet) and stick closer to the truth, (Haydock; ver. (Berthier) --- He would have died through zeal, if he had not seen God's justice. Septuagint, "thy zeal." (Worthington) --- The saints have been often ridiculed, Jeremias xx. --- Lamp, (2 Peter i. (St. Hilary), Earth. 8. Of the excellence of virtue, consisting in the love and observance of the commandments of God. 4 Let those who fear the Lordsay, “His steadfast love endures for ever.”. The eyes and all our senses lead to our ruin, Romans vii. --- God authorizes us to aim at the reward, though he would not have this to be they only motive, ver. In the faithful angels, (St. Augustine) or Jesus Christ. (Worthington) --- We must observe what we know, that we may receive greater lights. 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. (Worthington), In any thing. The just may lawfully desire the term of their sufferings, with submission to God's will, (Worthington) and to be freed from the power of persecutors, (Hebrew, "the proud;" Berthier) and from exile, after their enemies are punished, Psalm xxxviii. (Haydock) --- The servant of God will adhere to his duty, though his adversaries may be very powerful. (Haydock) --- We must pray that God will take away the occasions of sin, and help us to advance in virtue. (Symmachus) (Calmet) --- The sense is the same. the Babylonians on one hand, and false brethren on the other, attack me: but I am grieved most to see God offended. Words in boxes are from the Bible. (Calmet), Lost. Since the coming of Christ, the mysteries and prophecies have been more developed. from Neil. (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. compares the speech of Nestor with honey. (Calmet) --- This pious custom was observed by St. Paul, (Acts xvi.) 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." Nothing official or authoritatively connected to the Magisterium. (Berthier) --- This text evidently shews, that the keeping of the commandments merits a reward, for which we may labour. Ezra 3:10-11 suggests that Psalm 118 was sung at the founding of the second temple, and when they sang it, they attributed it to David (“according to the ordinance of David king of Israel,” Ezra 3:10 ). (Berthier) --- Pagnin, "I judged all, yea all thy precepts to be right." 18. I have been fatigued with looking up to heaven for aid, like a woman who looks for the return of her husband to port. Hæc facta est mihi. (Berthier), Morning. (Challoner) --- We must search the law, not out of curiosity, but to practise it; (Haydock) otherwise we shall become more guilty. (Worthington), His testimonies. The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine upon us. . --- Unto good. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. (1-18) The coming of Christ in his kingdom. 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