Gradual of Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Psalm 27:7,1

In God hath my heart confided, and I have been helped; and my flesh hath flourished again; and with my will I will give praise to Him. V. Unto Thee will I cry, O Lord: O my God, be not Thou silent; depart not from me.


Verse 7. Protector. Heb. “buckler,” to defend me from external enemies, as his grace enables me to do good. — Flesh. Heb. “heart.” But joy would manifest itself over the whole body: (Prov. xvii. 22. Bert.) and the Syr. agrees with the Sept. “My flesh shall bud forth, and I shall sing his praises in glory.” C. — Will. Heb. “canticle,” which was dictated by the will. It is suspected that the Sept. read differently. Only the saints taste true joys, so that they alone might be styled sensual. But this worldlings cannot understand. 1 Cor. ii. 14. Bert. — The Fathers explain this text of Christ’s or of our resurrection, (S. Jer. &c.) which was prefigured by the return from captivity. C. — Interior comfort causes the body to be refreshed; and the psalmist gladly (W.) expresses his gratitude. H.

Verse 1. Himself. The Heb. and Sept. (Rom. and Alex.) have simply “of David.” — Ledavid. H. — The psalm appears to be a sequel of the preceding, and we may adopt the rule of the Jews, who refer the psalms which have no title, to the same author and events as those which go before. It may relate to the captives, (C.) or to David under persecution, though the Fathers explain it of Christ suffering, &c. and rising again. — My God. Heb. “rock.” This term is so often applied to God, that it might be added to his other ten titles. Bert. — Lest…to me, is not in the Rom. psalter. Euthym. &c. — Pit, grave; though it also denote “a prison.” C. — S. Jerom has “be not deaf to me,” &c. M.

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