Cassiodorus, Explanation of the Psalms - Vol. 3

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grasp such great glory, that proud and wicked sinners should experience as judges those who they thought were to be slaughtered here on earth like cheap cattle? So that you would not perhaps imagine that the apostles alone would pass judgment, he added: This glory is to all his saints. All participate with Christ in judgment who do not oppose His commands, for with devoted will they too share in His decisions. But though the power and glory of the saints have been described in this varied account, none of them is found to have all the rewards of virtues in their totality. Christ Jesus is the only one of whom Paul says: For in him dwelleth the fullness of the Godhead corporeally, 11 that is, in substance. Since the Lord possesses all blessings perfectly and wholly, He bestows on each as He wills; as John says, He is clearly the fullness of all the saints. 12


Conclusion Drawn From the Psalm

We must carefully observe how the preceding psalm is linked to this one in the task of praise, and how a certain differentiation divides them. In the first he encouraged all creatures to proclaim the Lord, but this one more separately and specifically showed that Israel must sing a new canticle and become joyful over their own Lord, who has made them gather from the crowd of nations. Also mentioned is the power which is to be bestowed on the saints at the judgment, so that the Lord's strength can be acknowledged in their glory. In this sense it is both associated with the previous psalm in its task of praise, and distinct from it in the peculiarity of its themes.


COMMENTARY ON PSALM 150

i. Alleluia. See how once again that herald of salvation is brought back before us, to speak not of bodily sustenance but of heavenly abundance. The city of God is urged to gather from the circumference of the world, and to sing with tongue and heart. So let us sing with total concentration this Alleluia, which through the Lord's ordering has brought the entire corpus of psalmody to its high point. Just as

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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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