Introit of Saint John Damascene

Psalm 72:24, 1

Thou hast held me by my right hand; and by Thy will Thou hast conducted me, and with Thy glory Thou hast received me. Ps. How good is God to Israel, to them that are of a right heart. Glory be to the Father.


Verse 24. By thy will. Heb. and Sept. “into thy council.” Thou hast hindered me from yielding to my doubts, and hast revealed thy truths to me. C. — And. Heb. “afterwards.” — Glory. Syr. and Houbig. supply thy glory. Bert.

Verse 1. Asaph. See Ps. xlix. We shall not undertake to decide whether he composed or only sung this psalm; (Bert.) or whether he lived under David or Josaphat, or rather during the captivity. Those who attribute all the psalms to David, get rid of many such inquires: but they are involved in other difficulties, (C.) which are not insurmountable. H. — How. Heb. “Surely,” as if an answer was given to what had long troubled the author. Bert. — God is more excellent and beneficent (H.) than any tongue can express. W.

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