Cassiodorus, Explanation of the Psalms - Vol. 3

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Conclusion Drawn From the Psalm

How beautifully was this blessed man described through the progression of the alphabet, so that his deeds and his rewards were simultaneously recounted! Who would not believe that he beholds the promises bestowed by the sacred Truth? May He lead us to accept what He has already allowed us to hear. This alphabet, by which this poem was completed, undoubtedly points the way to the perfection of wisdom. Through it an understanding of divine affairs is acknowledged, and the fault of ignorance avoided. It is thus clear that the psalms show a variety of differing sweetness, so that our human weakness as we advance in learning cannot be overcome with distaste.


COMMENTARY ON PSALM 112

Alleluia. Observe how the psalm as it proceeds explains the heading. Since Alleluia means "Praise the Lord," this is how our true teacher and outstanding doctor began. His words cannot mislead because they are known to flow from the fount of truth. How can any statement be more certain than when he who guides our actions is seen to be his own spokesman?


Division of the Psalm

The prophet David runs briefly through the words of the psalm. In the first section he urges the devoted to discharge praises continually to the Lord, and not to cease proclaiming Him throughout the whole world. In the second part he himself carries out what he urges others to do, so that he is seen to be a true master, teaching not by word but by example.


Explanation of the Psalm

I. Praise the Lord, ye children: praise ye the name of the Lord. The label children is known to be applied to the simplest and purest, for the

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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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