O LORD our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth! who have set your glory above the heavens.
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George Leo Haydock
The presses. In Hebrew Gittith, supposed to be a musical instrument: (Challoner) or, "the musicians from Geth "who were famous, and might follow David, 2 Kings i. 20., and xv. 18. The Septuagint must have read a v for i. (Calmet) Gothuth. Yet St. Jerome and Pagnin agree with them; (Haydock) and that sense seems as plausible as any other. The psalm relates to Christ alone; (Matthew xxi. 16., 1 Corinthians xv. 26., and Hebrews ii. 6.) who is represented treading the wine-press, Isaias lxiii. 3., and Apocalypse xix. 13. (Berthier)
The Jews confess that it speaks of the Messias. (Ferrand.)
We may explain it also of the natural prerogatives of man, (Calmet) though (Haydock) this weakens the force of the prophecy. (Berthier)
St. Augustine applies the expressions to the good and bad in the Church. (Worthington)
It might be sung during the feast of tabernacles, after the vintage. (Menochius)