Introit of Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Psalm 73:20,19,23

Have regard, O Lord, to Thy covenant, and forsake not to the end the souls of Thy poor: arise, O Lord, and judge Thy cause, and forget not the voices of them that seek Thee. Ps. O God, why hast Thou cast us off unto the end: why is Thy wrath enkindled against the sheep of Thy pasture V. Glory be to the Father.


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.

Verse 23. Enemies. Sept. and S. Aug. read, “servants,” and the ancient psalters, “supplicants,” (C.) which seems to be a mistake of transcribers, (Bert.) as it is contrary to the Heb. Chal. and Syr. C. — The sense of both would be good. Erasmus reads iketwn, quærentium, in his edit. of S. Jerom. H. — They blaspheme all holy things, and are hardened in wickedness. W. — Such are the times in which we live. 1 Tim. vi. 20. Bert.

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