Lo, these are only parts of his ways: and how little a whisper is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?
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George Leo Haydock
Drop. This comparison is often applied to speech, Deuteronomy xxxii. 2., and Isaias lv. 10. If the little that we know of God's works give us such an exalted idea of his greatness, what should we think if we could fully comprehend his mysteries? (Calmet)
What is meant in this place by the designation of “the ways” but the Lord’s modes of acting? Hence the Lord also says by the prophet, “For my ways are not as your ways.” Accordingly, in telling of the advent of the Lord, he described the ways of God in part. His method of acting by which he created us was one thing; that by which he redeemed us another. Thus of those things that touch upon the Lord’s way of acting and make light of by comparison with the final judgment, he says, “Lo, these things are spoken for part of his ways.” He also calls this “a little drop of his words.” For whatever is high, whatever is terrible within this life, these things we are brought to know by the contemplation of God, as from the vast ocean of the secrets of heaven, its refreshment wells out to us like a slight drop of the liquid element above. “And who will be able to look on the thunder of his majesty?” It is as though he expressed himself in these plain words: “If we endure the wonders of his humili...
54. What is meant in this place by the designation of the ‘ways,’ but the Lord’s modes of acting? Hence too the Lord saith by the Prophet; For My ways are not as your ways. [Is. 55, 8] Accordingly in telling of the Advent of the Lord, he had described the ways of God in part; because His method of acting by which He created us was one thing, and that by which He redeemed us another. Thus those things, which he told touching the Lord’s way of acting, making light of by comparison with the final Judgment, he says, Lo, these things are spoken for part of His ways. Which he also calls ‘a little drop of His words,’ for whatsoever thing that is high, whatsoever thing that is terrible, we whilst set in this life are brought to know by the contemplation of Him, from the vast ocean of the secrets of Heaven wells out to us like a slight drop of the liquid element Above. And who shall be able to look on the thunder of His Majesty? As though he expressed himself in plain words; ‘If we scarc...