Gradual of Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Psalm 73:20,19,22

Have regard, O Lord, to Thy covenant, and forsake not to the end the souls of Thy poor. V. Arise, O Lord, and judge Thy cause: remember the reproach of Thy servants.


Verse 20. The obscure of the earth. Mean and ignoble wretches have been filled, that is, enriched, with houses of iniquity, that is, with our estates and possessions, which they have unjustly acquired. Ch. — Or the captives may thus complain, that they are forced to live among infidels, in constant danger of transgressing the law, (C.) while their children are brought up in sin, (Bert.) and ignorance. H. — Infidels are full of all sorts of iniquity, which they hide in their conscience. W. — Injustice is often the method of becoming rich. H.

Verse 19. To thee. S. Jer. “the soul intrusted in thy law.” H. — Heb. has now torec, which is rendered, “thy turtle dove.” But the Sept. have read d, instead of r, better; (C.) and Houbigant rejects with disdain the present Heb. though that figurative expression would have the same meaning. Bert.

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