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St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 102

PSALM 102 A prayer for one in affliction: the fifth penitential psalm Explanation of the Psalm 1 The prayer of the poor man, when he was anxious, and poured out his supplication before the Lord. This serves as a title to … Continue reading

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St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 102

1. Behold, one poor man prayeth, and prayeth not in silence. We may therefore hear him, and see who he is: whether it be not perchance He, of whom the Apostle saith, “Though He was rich, yet for your sakes … Continue reading

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St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 90

PSALM 90 A PRAYER FOR THE MERCY OF GOD: RECOUNTING THE SHORTNESS AND MISERIES OF THE DAYS OF MAN Psa 90:1 A prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, thou hast been our refuge from generation to generation. The … Continue reading

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St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 15

A Psalm OF David Himself 1. Touching this title there is no question. “O Lord who shall sojourn in Thy tabernacle?” (ver. 1). Although tabernacle be sometimes used even for an everlasting habitation: yet when tabernacle is taken in its … Continue reading

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Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 85

ISRAEL’S COMFORT IN SORROW THIS psalm is a liturgical composition dating from the post-Exilic period. It reflects the griefs and hopes of the post-Exilic community in Israel. The decree of their liberation from Babylon had filled the Exiles with joy, … Continue reading

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St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 85

PSALM 85 1. … Its title is, “A Psalm for the end, to the sons of Core.”3 Let us understand no other end than that of which the Apostle speaks: for, “Christ is the end of the law.”4 Therefore when … Continue reading

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St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 30

David praiseth God for his deliverance, and his merciful dealings with him 1 I will extol thee, O Lord, for thou hast upheld me: and hast not made my enemies to rejoice over me. David, now established on his throne, … Continue reading

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St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 139

1. …Our Lord Jesus Christ speaketh in the Prophets, sometimes in His own Name, sometimes in ours, because He maketh Himself one with us; as it is said, “they twain shall be one flesh.” Wherefore also the Lord saith in … Continue reading

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Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 71

Psalm 71 Title: LXX. and Vulgate: A Psalm of David, of the sons of Jonadab, and of the first captives. Without title in the Hebrew. Argument Arg. Thomas. That Christ opens our lips to declare the glory of His Name. … Continue reading

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St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 92

PSALM 92 God is to be praised for his wondrous works  Ps 92:1 It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to thy name, O most High. An exhortation to praise God with instrumental and vocal … Continue reading

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