Exegetic Homilies

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HOMILY 17

Unto the End1for Those Who Shall be Changed,
for the Sons of Core
2for Understanding
(ON PSALM 44)

THIS PSALM SEEMS TO BE one that is adapted to perfecting human nature and that provides assistance for attaining the prescribed end for those who have elected to live in virtue. Indeed; in order that those advancing may attain perfection, there is need of the teaching which is provided by this psalm with the inscription, 'Unto the end, for those that shall be changed.' It really says in an obscure manner, 'For men.' For, we especially of all rational beings are subject to variations and changes day by day and almost hour by hour. Neither in body nor in mind are we the same, but our body is in perpetual flux and disintegration; it is in motion and transition, either increasing from smaller to larger, or reducing from perfection to deficiency. The child now frequenting the school and fit to acquire the arts and sciences is not the same as the newly born infant; and again, the adoles‐

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'Unto the end, or, as St. Jerome renders it, "victori, to him that overcometh," which some understand of the chief musician, to whom they suppose the psalms, which bear the title, were given to be sung; we rather understand the psalms thus inscribed to refer to Christ, who is the "end of the law," and the "great conqueror" of death and hell, and to the New Testament.' Rheims-Douay Bible, Ps. 4, n.1.
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The sons of Core did not perish with their father in his rebellion against Moses (cf. Num. 26.11), and later they and their descendants were appointed to sing before the tabernacle of the Lord (cf. 1 Par. 6.31, 37; also 2 Par. 9.19).

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • Exegetic Homilies *
  • Contents *
  • Introduction vii
  • Homily 1 3
  • Homily 2 21
  • Homily 3 37
  • Homily 4 55
  • Homily 5 67
  • Homily 6 83
  • Homily 7 105
  • Homily 8 117
  • Homily 9 135
  • Homily 10 151
  • Homily 11 165
  • Homily 12 181
  • Homily 13 193
  • Homily 14 213
  • Homily 15 227
  • Homily 16 247
  • Homily 17 275
  • Homily 18 297
  • Homily 19 311
  • Homily 20 333
  • Homily 21 341
  • Homily 22 351
  • Indices *
  • General Index 363
  • Index of Holy Scripture 375
  • The Fathers of the Church *
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