The Lord saith: I think thoughts of peace, and not of affliction: you shall call upon Me, and I will hear you; and I will bring back your captivity from all places. Ps.Lord, Thou hast blessed Thy land: Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob.V. Glory be to the Father.
Verse 1. David. He might compose this psalm under any affliction, though prayer is always necessary (Bert.) for any person. W. — Others apply it to Ezechias, (Theodoret) the captives, or the Church. C. — Jesus Christ prays during his passion, and foretells his resurrection, and the vocation of the Gentiles. S. Aug. — Needy. Heb. “mild or afflicted.” Humility is requisite to pray well, as those who think themselves rich, ask not with fervour. C. — God “inclines his ear if thou dost not lift up thy neck.” S. Aug.