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Bible Commentaries

Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Psalms 52

Verse 1

Maeleth, or Machalath. A musical instrument, or a chorus of musicians: for St. Jerome renders it, per chorum; (Challoner) and Aquila, "for dancing." Sixtus V, &c., read incorrectly, "for Amalec." --- The psalm is nearly the same with the 13th, (Calmet) except ver. 6. (Menochius) --- We know not the reason why David gave this second copy, omitting the name of Jehovah. (Berthier) --- St. Augustine explains it of the dangers of the latter times. (Worthington) --- It seems to speak of the return from captivity, ver. 7. (Calmet)

Verse 6

God hath scattered the bones, &c. That is, God hath brought to nothing the strength of all those that seek to please men, to the prejudice of their duty to their Maker. (Challoner) --- That. Hebrew, "who besiege thee. Thou hast confounded them, because," &c. Septuagint seem to have read more correctly, as no one has been addressed before. (Berthier)

Verse 7

Glad. The Fathers explain this of Christ’s redemption. The captives doubted not but that they should be speedily set at liberty, as the prophets had assured them. (Calmet)

Verse 11


The general corruption of man before the coming of Christ.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 52". "Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". 1859.