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HAYDOCK CATHOLIC BIBLE COMMENTARY ON THE OLD TESTAMENT



ECCLESIASTICUS 1

 

CHAPTER I.

 

Ver. 1.  Wisdom.  In this book, Wisdom is taken for the Deity, the Son, or the gift communicated to men.  Prov. iii. 19.  Wisd. vii. 25.  C.

 

Ver. 3.  God.  This is eternal and unsearchable, more than the sand of the sea, &c.  Is. xl. 12.  H. --- Man cannot comprehend God's works.  W.

 

Ver. 4.  Created.  Or "generated," if it be understood of the Son.  S. Athan.  Bos. --- The wisdom which is given to man, was in God before the creation.  Prov. viii. 22.  C. --- The decree regarding the incarnation was from eternity.  M.

 

Ver. 5.  Commandments.  The wise will observe the law (Deut. iv. 6.  H.) and the Scriptures.  This verse is not in the Gr. of Rome, &c. but it is in the edit. of Complut. and Camerarius.

 

Ver. 9.  In the Holy Ghost, or from himself.  See Wisd. i. 5. and vii. 22.  Gr. omits these words.  C.

 

Ver. 11.  Joy.  Eternal glory is the fruit of the fear of the Lord; not that this virtue sufficeth, but it is the beginning, grounded on true faith, and bringeth forth other virtues, and fruits of the Holy Ghost, and a joyful crown in the end.  W. --- The virtuous enjoy or deserve honour.  C.

 

Ver. 16.  Womb.  Grace has prevented them.  H. --- They are free from evil dispositions.  Wisd. viii. 19.  Job xxxi. 18. --- Women; feminis, or rather seminis.  C. --- Gr. "it shall be intrusted to their seed."  H. --- "His mercy is fixed with their seed."  Syr.  M. --- This includes both men and women.

 

Ver. 17.  Religiousness, or proper application of knowledge.  H. --- A learned impious man is most dangerous.  This and the two next verses are not in Greek.

 

Ver. 27.  Sin, by vigilance or by repentance.

 

Ver. 29.  To him, as may be seen in the lives of the patriarchs.

 

Ver. 32.  Sinner.  Such imagine that God's service is insupportable.  W.

 

Ver. 35.  Faith, or fidelity.  M. --- The meek shall possess the land.  Matt. v. 4.  C.

 

Ver. 39.  Down.  Pride is usually thus treated.  Matt. xxiii. 12.  C.

 

 








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