Introit of The Conversion of St. Paul

2 Timothy 1:12; Psalm 138:1, 2

I know whom I have believed, and I am certain that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him, against that day; being a just Judge. Ps. Lord, Thou hast proved me and known me: Thou hast known my sitting down, and my rising up. Glory be to the Father.


2 Timothy 1

Verse 12. I am certain that he (God) is able to keep that which I have committed to him against that day. That is, to the day of judgment. S. Paul here means that which he had committed, or as it were deposited in the hands of God; to wit, the treasure of an eternal reward, due in some measure to S. Paul for his apostolical labours. This treasure, promised to those that live well, the apostle hopes he has placed and deposited in the hands of God, who will reward him, and repay him at the last day. This is the common interpretation. Wi.

Psalm 138

Verse 1. David. Some Greek copies add, “a psalm or alleluia of Zacharias in the dispersion,” when the Israelites were at Babylon. But Theodoret greatly disapproves of those additions, and explains this psalm of king Josias, while others refer it to David, though it may have no reference to any historical fact, being designed to praise the knowledge of God. C. — It is the most beautiful and sublime piece in all the psalter. Abenezra. — Proved me. God makes trial of his servants, to let them know themselves, as all thing are open to him. W. — Me. Houbigant supplies the omission in Heb. “hast known.” — Up. Or all the occurrences of my life. Lam. iii. 63. H. — The expression is similar to that of coming in and going out. Acts i. 21. This may be explained of Christ, whose sufferings and resurrection were foreseen. C. — God sounds the very heart. Jer. xvii. 9. Rom. viii. 27. Bert.

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