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Psalms 40:4

Blessed is that man that makes the LORD his trust, and respects not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
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Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
7. "Blessed is that man that maketh the name of the Lord his trust, and hath not respected vanities or lying madnesses" (ver. 4). Behold the way by which thou wouldest fain have gone. Behold the "multitude that fill the Broad way." It is not without reason "that" road leads to the amphitheatre. It is not without reason it leads to Death. The "broad way" leads unto death, its breadth delights for time: its end is straitness to all eternity. Aye; but the multitudes murmur; the multitudes are rejoicing together; the multitudes are hastening along; the multitudes are flocking together! Do not thou imitate them; do not turn aside after them: they are "vanities, and lying madnesses." Let the Lord thy God be thy hope. Hope for nothing else from the Lord thy God; but let the Lord thy God Himself be thine hope. For many persons hope to obtain from God's hands riches, and many perishable and transitory honours; and, in short, anything else they hope to obtain at God's hands, except only God Hims...

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Vanities. Hebrew, "the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. "(Protestants) (Haydock) All the world is vanity, (Psalm xxxviii. 6.; Calmet) though idolatry may be here meant. (St. Cyril)

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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