Gradual of Septuagesima Sunday

Psalm 9:10-11, 19-20

A helper in due time in tribulation: let them trust in Thee who know Thee: for Thou hast not forsaken them that seek Thee, O Lord. V. For the poor man shall not be forgotten to the end: the patience of the poor shall not perish for ever: arise, O Lord, let no man prevail.


Verse 10. Poor. Heb. ladac, “the oppressed,” (S. Jer.) “broken with grief.” C. — Tribulation. God’s assistance is requisite both in prosperity and adversity. He generally manifests his power only, when all human succour proves useless. H. — Thus he acted at the Red Sea, and when he sent delivers to Israel. Our Saviour came at the time appointed, when he was most wanted. Theod. Gal. iv. 4. C. — “We are often oppressed with tribulation, and yet it is not the due time; that so we may be helped by the desire of being set free.” S. Greg. — Thus the delay is for our advantage. W.

Verse 11. Know, with love. Such are always heard. What wonder if others be rejected, who flee from God? S. Chrys. and S. Aug. C. — The learned often trust too much to their own knowledge, whereas God has made choice of the simple. Matt. xi. 25. Bert.

Verse 19. Not perish. Heb. does not express the negation, but it must be understood. Bert. — Prot. supply it from the former part of the verse. The expectation of the just will not be frustrated.

Verse 20. Man. Heb. enosh, (H.) “weak,” sinful “man.” Bert. – Gentiles, or all notorious sinners. The Jews despised the Gentiles, as the Romans did all barbarians. W.

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