One of the most profound biblical commentaries ever written, Augustine addresses the church as the very focus and center of God and Christ. This volume contains Augustine’s commentary on Psalms 1–29.
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“Thou wilt shatter their earthly desires, the sordid doings of their animal self, everything which has become encrusted and ingrained in the clay-born sinner.” (Page 28)
“But we must not think of the Lord God’s anger as implying any disturbance of mind. Rather is it the power whereby He asserts His rights in all justice, since every creature is subject to His service. We should particularly observe and remember the text in Solomon: But thou, Lord of power, judgest with tranquillity, and with great favor disposest of us.2 God’s anger, then, is the emotion produced in a soul which knows God’s law and sees this law transgressed by the sinner. This indignation in the souls of righteous men metes out many a penalty. Or else God’s anger in this context may very well allude to that spiritual darkness which overtakes those who break the law of God.” (Page 26)
“The bed here symbolizes all that an ailing and sickly soul rests in, namely, bodily gratification and every worldly pleasure. He that bedews such pleasure with tears is the man who tries to extricate himself from it. He realizes indeed that sensual desire is blameworthy, yet he is weak enough to be held captive by enjoyment, and unresisting settles down, powerless to rise from it unless his soul be healed.” (Page 68)
“It is one thing to be within the law, another to be under the law. He who is within the law acts according to the law; he who is under the law is made to act according to the law. The one is a free man, the other a slave.” (Pages 21–22)
“This is the unconquerable shield which hurls back our enemy when, at the height of affliction and temptation, he would drive us to despair of our salvation.” (Page 60)
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St. Augustine of Hippo was a Roman African, early Christian theologian and philosopher from Numidia whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He was the bishop of Hippo Regius in north Africa and is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Era.