But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
All Commentaries on Psalms 78:57 Go To Psalms 78
George Leo Haydock
The covenant, is omitted in many Greek and Latin copies, as well as in Hebrew. (St. Jerome, ad Sun.)
Yet it is found in the Vatican edition, (Calmet) as well as in the Alexandrian, esunthetesan. (Haydock)
Bow, which hits not the mark. It alludes to the faithless Israelites, (Calmet) particularly to Ephraim, ver. 9., Osee vii. 6., and Jeremias ix. 3. The bow of Jonathan was not such, 2 Kings i. 22. (Calmet)
A bad bow misses the aim, or breaking, wounds the person who uses it. (Menochius)
These people hurt themselves by their treachery. (Worthington)