Tract of Saint Scholastica

Psalm 44:11-16

Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline thine ear: for the King hath greatly desired thy beauty. All the rich among the people shall entreat thy countenance: the daughters of kings in thine honour. After her shall virgins be brought to the King: her companions shall be brought to Thee. They shall be brought with gladness and rejoicing: they shall be brought into the temple of the King.


Verse 10-11. Clothing. Heb. “in gold of Ophir.” H. — The Church is spotless. Eph. v. 26. The attendants of this glorious queen, are the nations converted, or Christian virgins. They are not the maids of Pharao’s daughter, whose marriage was never commended. Bert. — House. Paganism, and the observances of the old law. Bert. — The Church, and every faithful soul, may be styled the daughter, as well as the spouse of Christ.

Verse 12. Lord. Heb. adonaiic, “thy master,” and worship him, (H.) like a dutiful wife. 1 Pet. iii. 6. and 3 K. i. 16. — God is not found in the Sept. The title belongs to Jesus Christ, the spouse, who has been twice called God before. C.

Verse 13. Daughters of Tyre; the city, with her dependant villages. Bossuet. — Tyre might send presents on this grand occasion, or might even pay tribute. 2 Par. ix. 26. C. — Idolatrous nations submitted to Christ. Bert.

Verse 14. Is within. Rom. Sept. &c. have “of Hesebon,” by mistake, for Esothen. C. — Queens in the East, could not appear much abroad. Kimchi. — When they go out, they cannot be seen. The beauty of the Church consists in virtue, and in the grace of God. C. — Borders. Charity influences the exterior works of piety, (T.) and gives beauty to the ceremonies (S. Bas.) and decorations used by the Church, with such magnificence. H.

Verse 15. Neighbours. The Jews, as well as the Gentiles, shall embrace the faith. C. — Virginity became honourable only after the coming of Christ. S. Chrys.

Verse 16. Temple. Even virgins (H.) out of the Church, cannot please the king. S. Aug. W.

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