Alleluia of Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Ecclesiasticus 49:3,4

Alleluia, alleluia. He was directed by God unto the repentance of the nation, and he took away the abominations of wickedness: and he directed his heart toward the Lord; and in the days of sinners he strengthened godliness. Alleluia


Verse 3. Directed. Gr. “prosperous in converting the people.” 4 K. xxii. and 2 Par. xxiv. H. — He began when he was only eight years old: but set to work more effectually ten years afterwards. The prophets complain of the disorders which prevailed before that period. C.

Verse 4. Sinners. Or “sins,” when iniquity was become fashionable. He consulted no false policy, (H.) but boldly exerted himself in God’s service, and even invited the Israelites out of his dominions to come and celebrate the passover. 2 Par. xxxiv. 6. C. — They belonged, in effect to him, as the twelve tribes were all promised to David’s family, and the kingdom of Jeroboam was only a rebellion. C. xlvii. 23. H.

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