He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.
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Augustine of Hippo
3. And what hath He accomplished for thee? What hath He done for thee? "He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings" (ver. 2). He hath given us great blessings already: and still He is our debtor; but let him who hath this part of the debt repaid already, believe that the rest will be also, seeing that he ought to have believed even before he received anything. Our Lord has employed facts themselves to persuade us, that He is a faithful promiser, a liberal giver. What then has He already done? "He has brought me out of a horrible pit." What horrible pit is that? It is the depth of iniquity, from the lusts of the flesh, for this is meant by "the miry clay." Whence hath He brought thee out? Out of a certain deep, out of which thou criedst out in another Psalm, "Out of the deep have I called unto Thee, O Lord." And those who are already "crying out of the deep," are not absolutely in the lowest deep: the very ac...
Misery. Hebrew, "confusion "(Berthier) or "noise "(St. Jerome; Haydock) from the greatest danger. (Theodoret)
Dregs. Mud, Jeremias xxxviii. 6. St. Augustine, explain this of the Christian saved by faith from the sink of his sins. (Calmet)