Cassiodorus, Explanation of the Psalms - Vol. 3

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He crowns those devoted to Him. So this psalm is seen rightly to have incorporated Alleluia in its heading, for it began with the Lord's praise and it likewise ends with His praise.


Conclusion Drawn From the Psalm

How splendidly has the most faithful people rejoiced! They brought joy to us as well in our hearing their joy, for our mental eagerness is enhanced when we drink in the sweet taste of another's joyful utterances. We must not think it idle that this delight of the faithful is set immediately after Psalm 109. Reflect on the sweetness and untroubled attitude of the singers, and you will discover here the image of that reward which the Lord promises to the labourers in the gospel, when He invited them to undertake toil in the vineyard through the gift of His summons. He himself is the denarius which is to be given to those who come early and late in the day. 20 He is the denarius because He bears the crown; He is the one denarius, because He shall have no end whatsoever. The beautiful perfection of the alphabet was added to this psalm so that instruction in the letters might be joined to the pleasure of such great joy.


COMMENTARY ON PSALM III

I. Alleluia. Of the return of Aggaeus and Zacharias. Since the psalmist has already set down the bare Alleluia, let us examine what meaning is intended by these additional names. Aggaeus and Zacharias were prophets who prophesied after the transmigration from Babylon under king Darius, long after these verses were sung. When they returned to their native region of Jerusalem and saw the temple restored, 1 they poured forth the Lord's praises with great delight. To represent this, the present psalm as well as the previous one is seen to be interlaced with the letters of the entire alphabet as though with golden guiding-lines. The Christian is to sing this song with the most consummate joy after his sins are forgiven. Remember that this is the fourth psalm which instructs the faithful; it points out how great are

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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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