Cassiodorus, Explanation of the Psalms - Vol. 3

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COMMENTARY ON PSALM 113

Alleluia. Many of the preceding psalms and others which are to follow are prefaced by Alleluia, and the adornment of so many psalms with this heading seems hardly otiose. Just as in a melody this one general term embraces various tones, so the one word Alleluia incorporates manifold motives for expressing the force of its proclamation. There is more than one way of saying, "Bless the Lord," and just as this praise is assembled from different actions, so Alleluia is applied to various forms of activity and to appropriate discourses. The purpose of this psalm is to proclaim the perfection of the Law, in other words the Lord Christ, manifested to the world by mighty miracles from the beginnings of the Jewish nation; and the parallels between their situation and ours show that every Christian today is likewise set free.


Division of the Psalm

The prophet speaks throughout the psalm. In the first section he recounts the miracles which the Lord bestowed on the Jews and on the Christian people. In the second he asks in the form of a question why the sea fled, and why the Jordan held back its course; to this he attaches the most pleasing reply that the earth was moved by the presence of the Lord. In the third section he shows that the idols of the Gentiles were unprofitable to their worshippers, and he then explains how useful and most wholesome is the Lord's religion to those who espouse it.


Explanation of the Psalm

I. At the departure of Israel from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a barbarous people. We must here interpret departure as the time when we emerge from the chains of sins. We are freed from the mob of the Egyptians—in other words, of the demons—when we no longer endure the sovereignty of their barbaric harshness, when the ostentation

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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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