Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.
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Augustine of Hippo
3. He adds, how He became our refuge, since He began to be that, viz. a refuge, to us which He had not been before, not that He had not existed before He became our refuge: "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made: and from age even unto age Thou art" (ver. 2). Thou therefore who art for ever, and before we were, and before the world was, hast become our refuge ever since we turned to Thee. But the expression, "before the mountains," etc., seems to me to contain a particular meaning; for mountains are the higher parts of the earth, and if God was before even the earth were formed (or, as some books have it, from the same Greek word, "framed" ) , since it was by Him that it was formed, what is the need of saying that He was before the mountains, or any certain parts of it, since God was not only before the earth, but before heaven and earth, and even the whole bodily and spiritual creation? But it may certainly be that the whole rational creati...
Formed. Hebrew, "brought forth "Job xxxviii. 8. (Calmet)
Here Origen improperly concluded the sentence. (St. Jerome, Ep. ad Cypr.)
God, is not in Septuagint, Syriac, or ancient Latin psalters. (Calmet)
Al signifies both God, and not, and seems to be twice explained in the Vulgate, as Hebrew omits not, ver. 3. (Haydock)
The sentence would be very striking, if God were left out, as it is done by Houbigant. The eternity of matter is refuted by this text. (Berthier) (Worthington)
God's eternity is contrasted with man's short life. (Calmet)
New gods must of course be false. (Menochius)
Plato asserted, that "the creator of all must be unbegotten and eternal. "(Plut. Conviv. viii.) ...