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HAYDOCK CATHOLIC BIBLE COMMENTARY ON THE OLD TESTAMENT



PSALM 52

 

PSALM LII.  (DIXIT INSIPIENS.)

The general corruption of man before the coming of Christ.

 

Ver. 1.  Maeleth, or Machalath.  A musical instrument, or a chorus of musicians: for S. Jerom renders it, per chorum; (Ch.) and Aquila, "for dancing."  Sixtus V. &c. read incorrectly, "for Amalec." --- The psalm is nearly the same with the 13th, (C.) except v. 6.  M. --- We know not the reason why David gave this second copy, omitting the name of Jehovah.  Bert. --- S. Aug. explains it of the dangers of the latter times.  W. --- It seems to speak of the return from captivity, v. 7.  C.

 

Ver. 6.  God hath scattered the bones, &c.  That is, God hath brought to nothing the strength of all those that seek to please men, to the prejudice of their duty to their Maker.  Ch. --- That.  Heb. "who besiege thee.  Thou hast confounded them, because," &c.  Sept. seem to have read more correctly, as no one has been addressed before.  Bert.

 

Ver. 7.  Glad.  The Fathers explain this of Christ's redemption.  The captives doubted not but that they should be speedily set at liberty, as the prophets had assured them.  C.

 

 








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