Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
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Augustine of Hippo
17. "Save Thou Me from the mire, that I may not stick" (ver. 14). From that whereof above he had spoken, "Fixed I am in the clay of the deep, and there is no substance." Furthermore, since ye have duly received the exposition of that expression, in this place there is nothing further for you to hear particularly. From hence he saith that he must be delivered, wherein before he said that he was fixed: "Save Thou Me from the mire, that I may not stick." And he explaineth this himself: "Let Me be rescued from them that hate Me." They were themselves therefore the clay wherein he had stuck. But the following perchance suggesteth itself. A little before he had said, Fixed I am; now he saith, Save Thou Me from the mire, that I may not stick:" whereas after the meaning of what was said before he ought to have said, Save Thou Me from the mire where I had stuck, by rescuing Me, not by causing that I stick not. Therefore He had stuck in flesh, but had not stuck in spirit. He saith this, because ...
Waters. Beneath which the Hebrews supposed hell was placed, Job xxvi. 5. (St. Hilary v. 39.)
He prays to be delivered from misery, (ver. 2.) and for a glorious resurrection. (Calmet)
Christ could not be detained in limbo or in the grave. (Worthington)