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HAYDOCK CATHOLIC BIBLE COMMENTARY ON THE OLD TESTAMENT



PSALM 96

 

PSALM XCVI.  (DOMINUS REGNAVIT.)

All are invited to rejoice at the glorious coming and reign of Christ.

 

Ver. 1.  Same.  Huic.  The title is the same as usual in the Sept.  M. --- It occurs not in Heb.  The psalm may refer to David's establishment on the throne, after the death of Saul, or Absalom, or to the return from captivity, and to the first and second coming of Christ.  C. --- This last seems to be the most literal sense.  Bert. --- To him.  Christ's body on the third day, and many souls were restored to life. --- Islands.  We have great reason to rejoice in being educated in the true faith, and we may hope that the Catholic religion will once more flourish in these isles.  W. --- The Son of man shall have dominion over all.  Dan. vii. 14.  His Church is persecuted, as the waves beat against an island.  Euseb.  C.

 

Ver. 2.  Clouds.  We could not bear the blaze of the divine majesty.  Ps. xvii. 12.  Christ veiled himself in our human nature, (Theod.) in the womb of the blessed Virgin.  S. Jer.  C. --- God gave the law with terror; and so he will come to judge with integrity.  W.

 

Ver. 3.  A fire.  Preceding the last judgment.  2 Pet. iii. 12.  Dan. vii. 10.  Wisd. v. 22.  M.

 

Ver. 5.  All.  Which is conformable to the Heb. &c. though the Vulg. terra, means, "all the earth" melted.  H.

 

Ver. 6.  Heavens.  Apostles.  Ps. xviii.  The judge appears publicly.  C.

 

Ver. 7.  Idols.  Heb. Elilim.  Ps. xcv. 5.  H. --- Angels.  Heb. Elohim, means also, all who have power.  Chal. "idols."  S. Paul, (Heb. i. 6.) quotes this in the third person; Let all the angels, (C.) or rather he alludes to the Sept. (Deut. xxxii. 43.) which clearly speaks of the Messias, and may therefore have been altered in the Heb. text, which S. Jerom translated.  The psalmist expresses the same idea as Moses had done.  Bert. --- Both those who adore idols of their own imagination, and their graven things, are condemned.  W.

 

Ver. 9.  Gods.  Princes or angels, elohim, v. 7.  H.

 

Ver. 11.  Light.  Prosperity.  The Babylonians are punished.  C.

 

Ver. 12.  Holiness.  Or sanctuary.  Praise for ever his adorable name, (C.) since he is holiness itself, and sanctifies others.  W.

 

 








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