Is not haughty; or, lifted up, with that pride whereof I am accused, as thou the Searcher of all hearts knowest. The editor of New Advent is Kevin Knight. Chapter 131 This psalm is David’s profession of humility, humbly made, with thankfulness to God for his grace, and not in vain-glory. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-131.html. Follow Desiring God on Twitter. W BibliographyCoke, Thomas. Neither can a child of God be properly prepared to receive out of Christ's fulness, until he is self-emptied, and comes with nothing, that he may receive all. Fretting about the unknown is a futile exercise. The first may be when Saul hunted David, and David was repeatedly accused of ambition for the throne of Israel. "Commentary on Psalms 131:1". But what things the Lord has commanded you, think thereupon always. 1999. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-131.html. This psalm is David’s profession of humility, humbly made, with thankfulness to God for his grace, and not in vain-glory. Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child is my soul within me. He has now reached the climax of his description. You reply. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 131:1". He seems as it were to have bound himself by a curse:...as though he had been going to say, Let it so happen to me. O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me. My soul within me was before You as an infant sucking its mother’s breasts. And so even though this is a Psalm of Ascent, Psalm 131 teaches us that the way up is actually down. Wherefore? 1983-1999. Romans 12:3). He is safe, because, when he has grown, he will eat, which he could not do before he grew by sucking: and he has a point to stretch towards. 1 Corinthians 3:2 There are weak persons who are not fit for strong meat; they wish to grasp at that which they cannot receive: and if they ever do receive, or seem to themselves to receive what they have not received, they are puffed up thereby, and become proud thereupon; they seem to themselves wise men. Pride and personal ambition are everywhere disavowed. Translated by J.E. Follow Desiring God on Facebook. Lord, my heart was not lifted up, neither were my eyes raised on high Psalm 130:1; I have not exercised myself in great matters, nor in wonderful things which are too high for me Psalm 130:2. 8., and 2 Paralipomenon vi. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-131.html. That is not the meaning at all. What I have said is not the result of such a feeling, nor should such a charge be brought against me. David testifieth his humility, Psalms 131:1,2, and exhorteth Israel to trust in the Lord, Psalms 131:3. I walk not; maneo intra metas, I keep within my circle, within the compass of my calling; not troubling myself and others by my ambitious projects and practices, as Cleon did, Alcibiades, Caesar Borgia, and others, ambitionists. 1909-1922. Shall I remain thus? Psalm 18:27; Psalm 101:5; Proverbs 6:17; Proverbs 30:13). 1599-1645. And since all are in His Body, as it were one man speaks: and he is one who also is many....Now he prays in the temple of God, who prays in the peace of the Church, in the unity of Christ's Body; which Body of Christ consists of many who believe in the whole world: and therefore he who prays in the temple, is heard. BibliographyTrapp, John. But the expression was applicable, in so far as he strictly confined himself to the one object of being serviceable to God and to the Church. This interpretation, also, brethren, displeases me not, since it does not militate against the faith. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. In view of this, the occasion for the psalm must have come at quite an early period in the life of David. "Neither do I exercise myself in great matters" (Psalms 131:1). O Lord, my heart was not haughty, nor were my eyes raised on high, and I did not pursue matters greater and more wondrous than I. --- The Jews allow, that some verses regard the Messias, of whom the whole may be explained in a spiritual, (Calmet) or even in the second literal sense. "Commentary on Psalms 131:1". BibliographyScofield, C. I. The psalmist here affirms that he is indeed weaned from such hurtful things. "Commentary on Psalms 131:1". See our full comment on this in the latter part of the preceding psalm. 3. A song of ascent by David. Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 131 ... Chapter 132. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 8. Sirach 3:22 What has the Lord commanded you? He did not think himself at liberty to move one step unless called to it by God. Let us consider what sacrifice we ought to offer; for God is not pleased with burnt-offerings, as you have heard in the Psalm. We agree with Kidner that the RSV `goofed' in their rendition of this figure thus, "Like a child quieted at its mother's breast." For all may be weaned by growing. This Psalm therefore concludes to this purpose: O Israel, trust in the Lord, from this time forth and even unto eternity Psalm 130:3. What I have said was not the result of ambition. Nor mine eyes lofty - I am conscious that I am not ambitious and aspiring - as I am accused of being. Because God resists the proud, and gives grace unto the humble. VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 22, 2005 (ZENIT) - Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience, dedicated to a commentary on Psalm 131(132):11-18. I do not walk about among such things; I do not pry into them; I do not meddle with them. אִם־לֹ֚א שִׁוִּ֨יתִי | וְדוֹמַ֗מְתִּי נַפְשִׁ֗י כְּ֖גָמֻל עֲלֵ֣י אִמּ֑וֹ כַּגָּמֻ֖ל עָלַ֣י נַפְשִֽׁי: my soul upon You, like a suckling who is placed upon his mother. Do works of mercy, part not with the peace of the Church, place not your trust in man, tempt not God by longing for miracles.... 7. In Psalm 131, then, the psalmist declares his humility by testifying to the lowness of his heart and eyes. BibliographyBenson, Joseph. 1840-57. If I had not lowly thoughts, but have lifted up my soul, as one taken from his mother's breast, such the reward for my soul Psalm 130:2. The interpretation put upon my conduct may be natural; but I am conscious to myself that it is not the right interpretation. "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". The point is that the human soul needs "weaning" from all of its anxious ambitions, etc., before it can enjoy the tranquillity of a heart in tune with God's will. My email address is feedback732 at newadvent.org. PSALM 131 FINDING AND BUYING THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE This is the twelfth of the Songs of Ascent, and it is ascribed to David in the superscription.
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