Gradual of First Sunday of Advent

Psalm 24:3-4

All they, that wait on Thee, shall not be confounded, O Lord. V. Show, O Lord, Thy ways to me: and teach me Thy paths.


Verse 3. Laugh. Saying scornfully where is their God? (Calmet) — Wait. This is often urged (Isaias xlii. 23.) as comprising all the science of a spiritual life. We must neither despair nor omit the means of salvation. (Berthier) — Those who hope for the accomplishment of God’s promises, will not be disappointed. (Calmet)

Verse 4. All, is not expressed in Hebrew or some copies of the Septuagint. (Berthier) — Cause. No one can have reason to do so. But those who injure their harmless brethren, are more reprehensible, (Haydock) and the psalmist foretells that they will be put to shame. (St. Jerome) — This manner of praying frequently occurs in the psalms, to signify the event, and the approbation of the just. (Worthington) — Shew. The forth verse ought to begin here with d, as in Hebrew. (Haydock) — Paths. The mysterious ways of Providence, (Eusebius) or the law which is unknown to many, (St. Athanasius) and practised by still fewer. (Calmet)

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