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COMMENTARY ON THE PSALMS.
Title. LXX. and Vulgate: Alleluia,
Arq>. Thomas. That Christ may instruct us with His precepts, statutes, and laws. The Voice of Christ to the Father, concerning the adversary, and the Jews, and His Advent, and Passion, and Resurrection. Of His judgment to come, and kingdom. Concerning advising one's neighbour. I. Aleph. A Psalm set out concerning mystical doctrine. II. Beth. The voice of the new people and of young men recently believing in God. III. Gimel. The voice of the Confessors. The voice of the Confessors and of Penitents turning themselves from ignorance. IV. Daleth. The voice of seculars believing in God. V. He. The voice of monks living apart. VI. Vau. The voice of ruling priests. VII. Zain. The voice of a holy man sent amongst the ungodly. VIII. Heth. The voice of the Doctors, proclaiming the Judgment of God, and keeping watch. IX. Thet (sic.) The voice of the Saints living in tribulation, who are tried in adversity. X. Jod. The voice of Prelates, Confessors, and Virgins, believing in God. XI. Caph. The vows of penitent men. XII. Lamech (sic). The voice of clerics entering on a new grade. XIII. Mem. The voice of the doctors bringing forth the Law. XIV. Nun. XV. Samech. The voice of the righteous in temptation. XVI. Ain. The prayer of the faithful at the end of his departure. XVII. Phe. Perceiving words, giving thanks to God. XVIII. Sade (sic.) The supplication of one fainting amidst sinners. XIX. Coph. The voice of a Confessor labouring from his youth. XX. Res. Supplication of the poor set in sorrows. XXI. Sin. XXII. Tau.
Ven. Bede. The desirable Alleluia is prenxed to this festival Psalm, very full of the virtue of divine things, that the merit of the divine song may be recognised by the honour of the title. In the Hebrew letters it is set forth for the instruction of the unlearned and teachable peoples of Christ in such order that every set of eight verses