Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet wine, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be you grieved; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
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George Leo Haydock
Wine. Hebrew and Septuagint, "things. "Syriac and Arabic have simply, "drink. "
Portions. The Greeks styled them, me rides; and the Latins, sportulæ. The custom prevailed not only among the Jews, (Esther ix. 19.) but also among Christians and pagans. Moses frequently exhorts the people to invite the poor; (Deuteronomy xvi. 14.) and St. Paul blames the rich Corinthians, for giving no part of their feast to them, 1 Corinthians xi. 21.
Strength. By this holy joy, we shall be encouraged to perform all our duties. (Calmet)
Septuagint, "Be not downcast, because he (the Lord) is our strength. "(Haydock)