Cassiodorus, Explanation of the Psalms - Vol. 3

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in the penitential psalms. Thirdly, its content is more historical than a lamentation of faults. Moreover, in many psalms you find brief mention of satisfaction for sin, though they are clearly not associated with the theme of repentance.


COMMENTARY ON PSALM 106

I. Alleluia. Since this psalm is prefaced by the same heading as the previous two, we think it appropriate to describe their interconnection with a single explanation, so that the gift of so great a mystery can be more easily understood. In the first alleluia, the Jewish people are being commended and there is no complaint in their regard. In the second he tells of those of the same race who sinned with most numerous offences, and through the Lord's pity returned to His grace. But here the Christian people is being warned that they must make the Lord's praises resound in return for the kindnesses bestowed on them. Thus one can summarily realise what is to be looked for in each of the three. So, as we have said, the prophet now warns the Christian people saved by the Lord's redemption to sing Alleluia afresh by confessing past events. The tone here is sweet, and the language joyful. So let us reverently listen to these great and astonishing events which are preceded by the glory of this great heading.


Division of the Psalm

After the confession of the Jewish people discussed in the previous psalms, the prophet passes to the Christian people who wandered through the tracts of the entire world in lonely and vagrant paths of superstitions. In the first section he reminds them that they must confess the Lord's praises, for they have been redeemed by His precious blood, and have attained churches, whereas before they were the plunder of foolish error amidst the altars and groves of demons. The second section states that thanks should be rendered to the Lord, for He has filled the fasting souls of the Gentiles with the food of truth, the abundance of His religion, and with His invincible power

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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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