Cassiodorus, Explanation of the Psalms - Vol. 3

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commands, so that we may deserve to obtain the rewards. We have a Lord who is both devoted by nature and most generous in the gifts of His mercies. Who would hesitate to make requests of Him who is offended if He is not entreated? So let us all as one bless the Lord, and let us hymn His works with the exultation of song. What a sacrilege it would be, since every creature is bidden to bless the Lord, if man who is known to have been created in His image and likeness ceased to praise Him! We have heard with what virtues the blessing of the Lord is associated; it is especially apt for the chaste, the most humble, and those who perform the Lord's other commands. So all that is debased is excluded from our midst. The entire malice of the world is expelled. Our tendencies are better governed. The devil is shut out with his followers. So once we have heard of this great gift, let us be filled with abundant hope, bless the Lord with pious works, and sing to our Maker with righteous deeds. When the Judge makes His selection, he will not reject us if He knows that we have performed His commands here on earth.


COMMENTARY ON PSALM 103

i. A psalm of David. We have often said that psalm denotes those actions of men which in their worth are directed towards an understanding of things divine. The instrument which has the specific name of psalm 1 is fashioned to represent this; it has a drum on top in which the sweetest melody is controlled with tuneful sound. David is added merely as spokesman. But clearly the whole narrative is to be told of the Lord Christ, who in the beginning made heaven and earth. The psalm has been designed with an arrangement allowing you to grasp that certain things are said here which you realise were left unsaid in the book of Genesis. So we shall offer a literal explanation of appropriate acts, and offer a spiritual understanding, derived from our predecessors, of matters which can offer knowledge of our faith. We should therefore be eager and ready to listen, for that most eloquent person father Augustine declares 2 that we should carefully study and most scrupulously discuss this psalm.

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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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