Cassiodorus, Explanation of the Psalms - Vol. 3

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the things which were said, and prefers to be Christ's poor man rather than a leader of heretics, choosing to beat on the door of the heavenly King rather than to teach harmful doctrines." He who will be able so to choose and to judge will receive then the mercies of the Lord, which cannot be ended at any time.


Conclusion Drawn From the Psalm

Though all the verses of this psalm are recounted with sweet proclamation, my spirit is especially touched with delight by the passage which says that God's Church is to be united from all parts of the world in brief compass. It says: He gathered them out of the countries, from the rising and the setting of the sun, from the north and from the sea. 24 But it is worthwhile to scrutinise this verse rather more carefully, for it is an excellent pointer to astronomical teaching. By speaking of the four hinges of the universe, he has sketched the world in quadrangular shape. I have found that this psalm is divided up by the most learned father Augustine. 25 He relates that he has explained it to the people, and so he did not think that it was accordingly necessary to interpret it. I have imitated this practice so far as I could, thinking that all the psalms should be split by allotting divisions to them, and reckoning that the indications provided by the authority of this great Father provide no minor consolations to our explanations.


COMMENTARY ON PSALM 107

I. A psalm-canticle ofDavid. We observe in this psalm a new feature for scrutiny; it is clear that it is composed of parts of Psalms 56 and 59. 1 But though the words themselves are written as in those earlier psalms, they are aimed at a different sense, for the heading which is always designed to indicate the content of a psalm is different, and it persuades us that those sections earlier set down are understood here in another sense. We have often observed that canticle is relevant to the contemplation of divine matters, whereas psalm refers to activities, as long as they are seen to harmonise with the divine commands.

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Table of contents

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  • 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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