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HAYDOCK CATHOLIC BIBLE COMMENTARY ON THE OLD TESTAMENT



PSALM 12

 

PSALM XII.  (USQUEQUO DOMINE.)

A prayer in tribulation.

 

Ver. 1.  Me?  These expressions are figurative.  God seems displeased: but it is often for our greater good.  Some explain this of David, Ezechias, the captives, &c.  It may be applied to every afflicted soul, which places her whole trust in God.  C.

 

Ver. 2.  Day; frequently.  W. --- Sept. adds, "and night."  C. --- These cares and perplexities arise from persecutions and from man's weakness.  W.

 

Ver. 3.  Enemy; Saul, &c. or the devil.  S. Aug.  C.

 

Ver. 4.  Death, by mortal sin, (W.) or through excessive sorrow.  Jer. li. 39.  Shew me thy favour, (C.) and I shall be secure.  Sleep is represented as nearly related to death.  Iliad xiv.

                            Tum consanguineus lethi sopor.  Æn. vi.  H.

 

Ver. 7.  Mercy.  Man must attribute nothing to himself, otherwise he will be moved by pride.  S. Aug.  C. --- Things; patience and reward.  W. --- The prophet feels a secret confidence arising in his breast, in consequence of God's protection. --- Yea, &c. is not in Heb. but it is in the Sept. Arab. and the ancient Fathers.  Heb. "My heart shall be transported in thy salvation; I will praise the Lord, because he has rendered me the like," as I placed  my hopes in him: (C.) or, "he hath rewarded me."  The blessed Virgin adopts the language of this verse, and the prophet probably had the same salvation, Christ, in view.  Berthier.

 

 








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