Exodus 13:9; Psalm 104:1
It shall be a sign in thy hand, and as a memorial before thine eyes, and that the law of the Lord be always in thy mouth. Ps. O give thanks unto the Lord, and call upon His name: tell forth His deeds among the nations. Glory be to the Father.
Verse 9. And it, &c. The festivals appointed by God and his Church, naturally remind us of the favours which we have received, and help us to meditate on the law. H. — The Jews, understanding the precept literally, write verses taken from this chapter, and Deut. vi. and xi. upon parchment, and bind these tephilins, or phylacteries, on their forehead. But if these scrolls were requisite, why do they not also put them in their mouth and in their heart? Jesus Christ condemns the vanity of the Pharisees, who wore these bandages extremely large. Matt. xxiii. 5. The Mahometans teach their scholars, by writing the Coran upon a tablet, and exposing it to their view: (C.) a plan lately introduced in England with great success by Mr. Lancaster.
Verse 1. Alleluia. This word occurs at the end of the preceding psalm in Heb. and means, “Praise ye the Lord,” though it is also used as an exclamation of joy; for which reason it is left untranslated. See Apoc. xx. S. Aug. ep. ad Casulan. C. — It implies that we must praise God with all our power; and Catholic writers retain this (W.) and similar words in the original. H. — The first 15 verses of this psalm nearly agree with that which was composed by David, when the ark was to be removed from the house of Obededon. 1 Par. xvi. 8. 22. H. — But the last part seems to have been added by him, or by another afterwards, with some small alterations. Bert. — It was perhaps adapted to the dedication of the second temple, with the two following psalms. C. — Gentiles. Their conversion is thus insinuated. C. — The apostles preached to all. Euseb. — How much more ought we not to celebrate the mysteries of Christ? W.