Communion of Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Ecclesiasticus 50:1, 9

A great priest, who in his life propped up the house, and in his days fortified the temple as a bright fire, and frankincense burning in the fire.


Verse 1. Simon I. was “styled the just, on account of his piety towards God, and his good-will to his countrymen.” Jos. xii. 2. Many apply what follows to him. Eus. Salien. M. &c. — But Simon II. is more probably meant, who opposed the entrance of Philopator into the sanctuary, after he had offered sacrifice for him, in the pompous manner here described. Boss. iii. Mac. C. — Temple. Which began to want repairs. M. — Simon II. reigned twenty years. C. Jos. xii. 4. H. — The first lived in the time of Ptolemy I. of Egypt, when this book was written; and dies before it was translated, under Ptolemy III. about three hundred years before Christ. W.

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