Cassiodorus, Explanation of the Psalms - Vol. 3

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their posterity gains correction! It would be much preferable if those who came first in time also led the way in faith.


Conclusion Drawn From the Psalm

This psalm begins from the depths, but like the advancing sun mounts to a great height, enabling us to realise how beneficial is the repentance which we see residing at such a lofty eminence. So let us ponder how harmful is that pride which is unceasingly confronted by an abundant remedy. We do not apply a single cure to a severe illness, but confront it with manifold treatment. The tree which grows luxuriantly with great freedom through the thin air is the one most often cut down with axes. This evil of pride is struck with the sixth axe of repentance, and the nodding arms which are its branches are agitated; but at the ensuing seventh axe's blow it is cut down and at once dashed to earth and shattered. I come back to the individuals who disdain to repent at the close of their lives. Nowhere in the law is there an embargo against what wicked men are said to hold cheap; on the contrary, we are always warned never to depart from the law through the effects of idleness. So let us regard with loathing the pride which expelled the angel from the grace of celestial sweetness. Let us love the humility which has raised the faithful to heaven. Let us swiftly confess our evil deeds so that we may not meet our deserts.


COMMENTARY ON PSALM 130

A canticle of steps. When the diligent farmer has broken up the heavy soil of his rich plains with the curved plough, and has consigned fertile seeds to the cultivated fields, he climbs a treetop with joyful songs of relief, and feeds his oxen with the leaves of branches which he lops off, thus refreshing with abundant food the beasts which he had assigned to the task of continual sowing. In the same way the prophet, now that he has completed the toils of repentance, mounts the spiritual steps, and bestows on us the sweet food of songs. The whole of this psalm is concerned with gentleness and humility, with

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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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