Category Archives: Notes on Psalms

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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Patristic/Medieval Commentary on Psalm 92

TITLE A Psalm or Song for the Sabbath Day. Chaldee Targum: A Praise and Song which the first man spake for the Sabbath Day. ARGUEMENT Arg. Thomas. That Christ hath caused the conquerors to flourish as though with the gift … Continue reading

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Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 92

The verse numbering of various translations may differ. Some translations assign a verse number to Psalm titles, others do not. THE JUSTICE OF THE LORD This psalm is a hymn which glorifies the justice of God’s Providence. It is assigned … Continue reading

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St Robert Bellarmine’s Commentary on Psalm 103

‎1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name! ‎ David piously believing himself to be one of the elect, stirs himself up, in the person of all the elect, to bless … Continue reading

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