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Father Boylan’s Introduction to Ps 145

Posted by Dim Bulb on February 19, 2011

THIS psalm, which is called “Praise-song of David,” is a simple alphabetic acrostic—the first line of each verse commencing with a letter of the alphabet next in order to that with which the preceding verse began. The mm-line is wanting in the Massoretic text, but it can be supplied from the Greek, and is represented in the Vulgate. In the first eight verses the psalmist celebrates the goodness and greatness of God as manifested throughout creation. In verses 9-12 the purpose of this manifestation is explained—that the Kingdom of Yahweh may be glorified. This Kingdom is to last for ever; hence, in verses 13-21, the psalmist voices his confident expectation that the Lord will protect with special kindness those of His loyal worshippers who are, for the moment, in suffering or distress. If God’s faithful worshippers were to be for ever forgotten and abandoned, how could God’s Kingdom be perpetual?

Verse 13 of this psalm is cited in Aramaic translation in Dan 3:100; 4:31, so that the psalm must be regarded as older, at least, than the Book of Daniel. The attribution of the psalm to David may be due, perhaps, to the extensive use of other psalms which it shows.

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