Offertory of Third Sunday of Advent

Psalm 84:2-3

Lord, Thou hast blessed Thy land: Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob: Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of Thy people.


Verse 2. Blessed. Heb. “taken into favour,” or “hast rendered fruitful.” Judea. C. — God had bestowed many benefits upon his people, rescuing them from the Egyptian bondage, and not punishing them as much as they deserved. W. — Others explain it of the captivity at Babylon, or under the devil. M. — David speaks of the former event by the prophetic spirit, and the latter misfortune was always deplorable, and to be terminated only by the Messias. Bert. — The redemption of man was prefigured by the liberation of the Jews. D.

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