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St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 117

Posted by Dim Bulb on January 22, 2012

This is the shortest of all the Psalms, hence the Saint’s brevity.

“O Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.” (verse 1). These are the courts of the Lord’s house, this all His people, this the true Jerusalem. Let those rather listen who have refused to be the children of this city, since they have cut themselves off from the communion of all nations. (see note 1 below)

“For his mercy is confirmed upon us: and the truth of the Lord remaineth for ever.” (verse 2). These are those two things, loving-kindness and truth, which in the 115th Psalm I admonished you should be committed to memory. But “the merciful kindness of the Lord is ever more and mere towards us,” since the furious tongues of hostile nations have yielded to His Name, through which we have been freed: “and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever,” whether in those things which He promised to the righteous, or in those which He hath threatened to the ungodly.

Note 1: St Augustine is referring to the Donatists. For a fairly lengthy summary introduction to this error see  this Catholic Encyclopedia article. For a much shorter summary see Father John Hardon’s article in Collier’s Encyclopedia.


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