Such is the portion of the just, Romans v. 3. Hebrew, Chaldean, &c., "The proud have dug pits for me, which is not conformable to thy law," (Calmet) but forbidden expressly. (Haydock) --- All have their limits. Hebrew hekeb, means also, "for the reward," (Pagnin; Haydock; ver. Wycliff (Wald. Psalm 118 is also closely associated with Easter in the Catholic Church, and it is typically sung at the Easter Vigil and the morning Mass on Easter Sunday. 27., and v. 17., and vi. or liberty, ver. For cursed is he who does the work of God negligently, (Septuagint) or with deceit, Jeremias xlviii. ( Log Out /  (Worthington) --- Yet fear sometimes returns, that the just may not give way to presumption. (Berthier), Morning. (Worthington) --- The threats of God have been put in execution, and we cannot doubt but the promised liberation will soon take place. The Babylonians have attempted to draw me over to their false religion; but I perceived its vanity, (Calmet) and stick closer to the truth, (Haydock; ver. (19-29) Commentary on Psalm 118:1-18 (Read Psalm 118:1-18). I watch over myself, and strive to keep my soul tranquil. (Worthington), Pavement. 8., and 16.) 23.) Or sins, (Theodoret) or miserable condition, ver. Alleluia. Bibliography InformationHaydock, George Leo. (Haydock) --- The psalmist means thus to express his firm determination to do all that God should require of him, (St. Augustine) and renews the solemn covenant entered into with the Deity by his ancestors. (Du Hamel) --- The Israelites might recite this psalm on their journey, three times a-year, to the temple, as the fifteen gradual canticles which follow, were to be sung on the steps leading to the house of God. 6., and cxxxvii. (Menochius) --- The latter sense is much better, 2 Corinthians v. 6., and Hebrews xi. (Berthier) --- "Thou hast accounted as dross, or froth," &c. (St. Jerome) --- Calmet says, that St. Jerome and Hebrew read in the first person, which is inaccurate. 15., and Romans vii. St. Jerome, "for the eternal reward." Among other points of morality and doctrine, we may remark, that the psalmist insists on the necessity of God's grace, and the co-operation of free will, (Worthington) and overturns the Protestant system of justification. the Babylonians on one hand, and false brethren on the other, attack me: but I am grieved most to see God offended. beautifully describes the life of the just here and in heaven. God's law is always the same in substance. 25., and xviii. (Worthington), Mindful. 28. Hebrew, "a friend." 15. 4 Let those who fear the Lordsay, “His steadfast love endures for ever.”. ( Log Out /  (Calmet) --- Hebrew, "They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways." (Haydock), Judgment. This he declares out of zeal, praying to be freed from calumniators, (Worthington) particularly the devil, Apocalypse xii. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. We cannot follow both the broad and the narrow path. (Calmet), Loved. 118:18 Verses 14-18 tell us that this made the Jews very happy. (Berthier) --- He is actuated by real charity. 55. de Temp.) 112.) (Calmet), Sinners. 147) --- R. Solomon understands it literally, prescribing prayer twice before the reading of the decalogue, and once after in the morning; and in the afternoon, twice before and after the same lecture. (Calmet) --- Though after this life we can no longer observe them, the reward of our past virtue will remain for ever. (Worthington) --- Iniquity. Mercy. (Calmet) --- The first entrance into the knowledge of holy Scripture illuminates the understanding of the humble, whence they proceed to know more. (Berthier) --- The wicked combine together for my ruin: but I will still be faithful. of the same description, must yield the palm to those who are less advanced in years, but more observant of God's law. and Luther have oppugned the same holy practice, though it be so conformable to Scripture and to the fathers. (Calmet), Ever. (Berthier) --- Pagnin, "I judged all, yea all thy precepts to be right." St. Jerome, "before I heard, I was ignorant." (Haydock) (Berthier) --- Ashamed. (Berthier), Understand. But (Haydock) this psalm contains the praises of the Lord, and of his holy law, under fourteen different names, (Worthington) of way, testimony, &c., repeated in every verse, except the 122d, (Muis) with surprising variety, so as to avoid tautology, and to give a most perfect system of moral doctrine. Since the coming of Christ, the mysteries and prophecies have been more developed. made them his study. 100.) as it is still by many religious orders, ver. Yet we must not fail to entreat God not to suffer us to be confounded, which will not be the case, if we entertain hope, and charity be poured on our hearts, Romans v. 5. (Atheneus xiii. Becoming victims of hell, Matthew xxiv. (Calmet), Riches. (Worthington) --- Hebrew, "the turbulent." Or wonted mercy. Thus Daniel, (vi. 10.) Hebrew, "asylum and buckler." Do we do justice to the assembly’s responses in Psalm 118? Tit. (Worthington), Law. (Berthier). 85.) (Haydock) --- Done. (Haydock) The word is very comprehensive. b) This group of psalms called the Egyptian Haifa runs from Psalm 113 to 118. i) If you recall from two lessons ago, Psalm 113 is about being "called" by God. (Worthington), Salvation. (Worthington), Afraid. Gordon Churchyard. (Bellanger.) See Ezechiel iii. 4., and xxiv. (1-18) The coming of Christ in his kingdom. with regard to God. (Berthier), Humbled. ), Salvation. In such dangers, I still remain faithful. (Calmet) --- This pious custom was observed by St. Paul, (Acts xvi.) (Worthington) --- The saints pray thus out of zeal for their good. (Berthier) --- We may thus pray for grace, and spiritual life with confidence, if we be resolved to keep the commandments. (Worthington) --- Enliven me. (Worthington), Directed. ( N) than to trust in humans. Hebrew paz, which denotes "the purest gold" of Phison, Genesis ii. The expectation of thy promises has given me courage. (Worthington) --- Moses acknowledged, that man could not observe the law, without Christ, Deuteronomy xxx 11., and Romans x. (Berthier) --- We may also understand, This night of calamity, ver. (Calmet) --- Confessors rejoice in meditation on God's words, which they shew forth in all their actions. This encourages me to adhere to the cause of virtue. Words in boxes are from the Bible. 24. as they still do, 2 Timothy iv. But God's law bindeth for ever, as the rewards and punishments are eternal. 20. This means that we can meditate on the Resurrection by meditating on the medieval cathedrals. (Haydock), Abjection. (Calmet) --- I have bewailed my past transgressions, and am resolved henceforward to live piously. (Worthington). 118:0 This is Psalm 118 (Vul 117) in the whole book, the 18 th of the third part. (Calmet) --- But it is a singular mercy of God to make us love his commands. (Worthington) --- But as Protestants mean an undue attachment to the Pope by the last title, we shew, that in that sense it is unjustly and illiberally applied to us, (Haydock) and no gentlemen or scholar would not make use of it. Jesus Christ is risen. – The Chief Cornerstone. (Worthington), Wonderful. (Theodoret), Utterly. Often, (Worthington) as the word signifies, Proverbs xxiv. Jesus Christ, according to St. Jerome. (Worthington), Heart. 10. We wander from thee, yet there is no place between. (Apostolic Constitutions viii. So, let’s meditate on the resurrection with an image from Psalm 118: “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” (118:22). “Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,” … (Berthier) --- God is ever ready to hear our just requests. (Calmet), Song. (Berthier) --- The just are often judged to be ignorant by the worldly wise; but they follow the law, the true wisdom. Many different versions of this Psalm have been composed for Catholic liturgy. (St. Ambrose), My ways. 8.) (Calmet), Fables. (Calmet) --- The just are persuaded, that God will not reject the humble, (Berthier) according to the opinion (sententiam) of, &c. (Chaldean), Calumnies. (Calmet) --- The more the law is despised by the wicked, the more are the just in love with it. (St. Jerome), Right. (Worthington) --- How then can we doubt but his law and promises shall be accomplished? At the day of judgment, it will not suffice to have observed only some of the commandments. (Worthington), Prevaricators. (St. Augustine) --- A person must be well grounded not to yield on such occasions, when he is exposed to ridicule, &c., ver. (Calmet) --- This answer I will give boldly, if I obtain thy grace, which will strengthen my weakness. 17.; Calmet) --- also original sin, and its effects. 148. (Calmet) --- Though just, he wished to increase in virtue, Apocalypse xxii. (Haydock). (Haydock) --- The laws of God afford the best advice. (St. Hilary), Earth. 38. But it is only the disciples who see this, not the people of Jerusalem – Jesus is the rejected stone that will have to somehow “become the cornerstone” (Lk 20:17). Inheritance. (Nightingale) --- See N. G.'s letters to J. iii. 9. Bible Commentary Early Church Fathers ... Catechism of the Catholic Church on the 10 Commandments. (Symmachus) (Calmet) --- The sense is the same. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.”. (Worthington), Heart. (Calmet), Princes. (Haydock) --- He hopes to be soon set at liberty. 18. Hebrew, "falsely perverted," (Montanus) in desire; (Calmet) or "having wished to pervert me without cause." ( O) 9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord. 1., and Ezechiel xxviii. (Calmet), Truth. --- God authorizes us to aim at the reward, though he would not have this to be they only motive, ver. These are most glorious titles, importing the true service of Christ, in unity with the Catholic Church, and under the Vicar of Jesus Christ, the Pope. It may also be a prediction, as the Hebrew word (Berthier) yebshu is in the future. All. that his loving kindness endures forever. (St. Hilary and St. Ambrose) --- Though the psalmist may be under some fear, he prays that he may not omit to make open profession of his faith. 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