That our oxen may be strong to labor; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no outcry in our streets.
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Augustine of Hippo
9. "Whose sons are like young vines firmly planted in their youth" (ver. 12). He wisheth to recount their happiness. Observe, ye sons of light, sons of peace: observe, ye sons of the Church, members of Christ; observe whom he calleth "strangers," whom he calleth "strange children," whom he calleth "waters of contradiction," whom he calleth a "sword of ill intent." Observe, I beseech you, for among them ye are in peril, among their tongues ye fight against the desires of your flesh, among their tongues, set in the hand of the devil wherewith he fighteth. ...What vanity hath their mouth spoken, and how is their right hand a right hand of iniquity? "Their daughters are fitted and adorned after the similitude of a temple." "Their garners are full, bursting out from one store to another: their sheep are fruitful, multiplying in their streets" (ver. 13): "their oxen are fat: their hedge is not broken down, nor their road, nor is their crying in their streets" (ver. 14). Is not this then happ...
Fat. Hebrew, "our bulls (oxen or cows) are burdened. "
Of wall. Symmachus, "nor burying nor mourning in their places. "The other interpreters cited by Theodoret, have also "their. "(Calmet)
Passage. Of the enemy. (Haydock)