A Psalm of David which He Sang to the Lord, for the Words
of Chusi, the Son of Jemini1
(ON PSALM 7)
THE INSCRIPTION of the Seventh Psalm seems in a way to be opposed to the history of the kingdoms where the facts about David are recorded. 2 For in the history, Chusi is mentioned as the chief companion of David and the son of Arachi, but in the psalm, Chusi is the son of Jemini. Neither he nor any other of those appearing in the history was the son of Jemini. Perhaps, he was called the son of Jemini for this reason, because he displayed great valor and manliness through a mere pretense of friendship, going over, as he pretended, to Absalom, but, in reality, thwarting the plans of Achitophel, a very skilled man, well trained in military affairs, who was giving his counsel. 'The son of Jemini' is interpreted 'the son of the right hand.' By his proposals he prevented the acceptance of the plan of Achitophel—that no time should intervene in the affairs but that an attack should be made immediately on the father while he was unprepared—'in order that,' as Scripture says, 'the Lord might bring all evils upon Absalom.' 3 At all events, he seemed to them to introduce more plausible reasons for postponement and delay, while his real purpose was to give time to David to gather his forces. Because____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Exegetic Homilies. Contributors: Saint Basil - Author, Sister Agnes Clare C. D.P. Way - Translator. Publisher: Catholic University of America Press. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1963. Page number: 165.
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