Cassiodorus, Explanation of the Psalms - Vol. 3

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or bent. There the saints will rejoice with the Lord Saviour in wishes that are righteous and steady.


Conclusion Drawn From the Psalm

How happily has this troubled person lamented, until by afflicting himself he attained joys! Earlier he was like the pelican, and in later verses is to be compared with the phoenix; earlier a night raven, later an eagle; earlier a sparrow, but subsequently he became a famed dove. These are the transformations experienced by those who subject themselves to the Lord with pure minds. Men may gain royal titles, but they are trivial; their purple garments may win praise, but they often become grimy on those who wear them. Observe how the world is conquered by rags, and the devil overcome by lamentation. He whom no cohorts are enough to resist is prevailed upon by the prayer of a single pauper. Those deserving of the title of sages, men of eloquence, truly splendid orators are they who as victors gain the possession which is by no means withheld from them by the opposition of an enemy. In short, they obtain an inheritance which they invariably win without toil, and which they never at any time forgo through death. What a blessed condition is that of penitents! It converts the guilty into the just, the sad into the unfailingly joyful, the mortal into the wholly immortal. In this world they associate with the wicked for the moment, but in the next they will gain partnership with the angels in eternal blessedness. So let us realise that this man is the fifth in the role of penitent, 54 who defended himself by not defending himself, who washed himself clean by not washing himself, who cleansed himself by not cleansing himself. If we deserve to attain his poverty, we undoubtedly overcome all the kingdoms of the world.


COMMENTARY ON PSALM 102

I. A psalm for David himself. After the unfolding of those most humble prayers of the blessed pauper, and of the groans of such great repentance, the whole of this psalm is filled with praise of the Lord, so that the joys of proclamation may through devoted arrangement follow upon the preceding tears. So, as we have often stated, the phrase,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Ancient Christian Writers - The Works of the Fathers in Translation *
  • Cassiodorus: Explanation of the Psalms *
  • Contents v
  • Commentary on Psalm 101 i
  • Commentary on Psalm 102 18
  • Commentary on Psalm 103 29
  • Commentary on Psalm 104 49
  • Commentary on Psalm 105 65
  • Commentary on Psalm 106 82
  • Commentary on Psalm 107 95
  • Commentary on Psalm 108 102
  • Commentary on Psalm 109 116
  • Commentary on Psalm 110 125
  • Commentary on Psalm III 131
  • Commentary on Psalm 112 137
  • Commentary on Psalm 113 141
  • Commentary on Psalm 114 150
  • Commentary on Psalm 115 155
  • Commentary on Psalm 116 160
  • Commentary on Psalm 117 162
  • Commentary on Psalm 118 174
  • Commentary on Psalm 119 259
  • Commentary on Psalm 120 265
  • Commentary on Psalm 121 270
  • Commentary on Psalm 122 277
  • Commentary on Psalm 123 281
  • Commentary on Psalm 124 287
  • Commentary on Psalm 125 291
  • Commentary on Psalm 126 296
  • Commentary on Psalm 127 301
  • Commentary on Psalm 128 306
  • Commentary on Psalm 129 311
  • Commentary on Psalm 130 316
  • Commentary on Psalm 131 321
  • Commentary on Psalm 132 332
  • Commentary on Psalm 133 337
  • Commentary on Psalm 134 341
  • Commentary on Psalm 135 351
  • Commentary on Psalm 136 359
  • Commentary on Psalm 137 365
  • Commentary on Psalm 138 371
  • Commentary on Psalm 139 386
  • Commentary on Psalm 140 392
  • Commentary on Psalm 141 399
  • Commentary on Psalm 142 406
  • Commentary on Psalm 143 413
  • Commentary on Psalm 144 422
  • Commentary on Psalm 145 432
  • Commentary on Psalm 146 438
  • Commentary on Psalm 147 444
  • Commentary on Psalm 148 449
  • Commentary on Psalm 149 457
  • Commentary on Psalm 150 461
  • Notes 471
  • Indexes 525
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