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A psalm for David. Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation that is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.

PSALM XLII.  (JUDICA ME DEUS.)

The prophet aspireth after the temple and altar of God.


Ver. 1.  David.  Sept. add, "it has no title, in Heb." being composed by the same author, and on the same subject, as the preceding.  C.

 

--- David teaches the faithful how to begin a good work; and priests how they ought to officiate at Mass.  W.

 

--- Holy.  Heb. "merciful."  The Babylonians and their king, treated the Jews with great cruelty.  C.

 

--- After we have proved ourselves, according to the admonition of S. Paul, (1 Cor. xi.) before approaching to the holy Eucharist, we may beg of God to judge and to protect us.  W.


2 For thou art God my strength: why hast thou cast me off? and why do I go sorrowful whilst the enemy afflicteth me?

Ver. 2.  Me.  Without thy assistance, I can do nothing.  My enemies seem too strong, while thou appearest to disregard my prayer.  W.


3 Send forth thy light and thy truth: they have conducted me, and brought me unto thy holy hill, and into thy tabernacles.

Ver. 3.  Light, your Messias, as the Jews confess, (Jarchi) truth, the holy Spirit.  S. Chrys.

 

--- Both the titles may be applied to our Saviour.  Bert.  S. Jer.

 

--- We are in the utmost distress; be pleased to send us relief.  C.

 

--- As thou hast sent Christ into the world to impart these graces, grant that we may know, and comply with our duties, before we approach to they  holy altar.

 

--- Holy hill, the Church, (W.) or tabernacle on Sion, where the Jews wished to be present.  C.



Send Forth Your Light And Truth

Send Forth Your Light And Truth

Send forth thy light and thy truth: they have conducted me, and brought me unto thy holy hill, and into thy tabernacles.

4 And I will go in to the altar of God: to God who giveth joy to my youth.

Ver. 4.  Youth.  S. Jer. "the God of my joy and exultation."  H.

 

--- Syr. and Arab. agree with us, and Gil means, (C.) a young man, in Arab. and Heb.  Hammond.

 

--- People in youth, shew for the effects of joy.  Bert.

 

--- Accompanied with light, and a pure intention, we may offer sacrifice to God, who changeth our corruptions into newness of life.  W.

 

--- The Levites might sing near the altar, but could not offer victims.  C.


5 To thee, O God my God, I will give praise upon the harp: why art thou sad, O my soul? and why dost thou disquiet me?

Ver. 5.  My God.  This word is sing.; but the former "Elohim," is plural, to intimate one God in three persons.  W.

 

--- Harp.  Heb. cinnor, which Sym. renders, "the psaltery."  The sons of Core were chiefly door-keepers: but they also played on musical instruments.  C.


6 Hope in God, for I will still give praise to him: the salvation of my countenance, and my God.

Ver. 6.  God.  Trust in God, whom I hope to see face to face.  W.


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