For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may secretly shoot at the upright in heart.
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Augustine of Hippo
2. "For, lo, sinners have bent the bow, they have prepared their arrows in the quiver, that they may in the obscure moon shoot at the upright in heart" (ver. 2). These be the terrors of those who threaten us as touching sinners, that we may pass over to them as the righteous. "Lo," they say, "the sinners have bent the bow:" the Scriptures, I suppose, by carnal interpretation of which they emit envenomed sentencesfrom them. "They have prepared their arrows in the quiver:" the same words, that is, which they will shoot out on the authority of Scripture, they have prepared in the secret place of the heart. "That they may in the obscure moon shoot at the upright in heart:" that when they see, from the Church's light being obscured by the multitude of the unlearned and the carnal, that they cannot be convicted, they may corrupt good manners by evil communications. But against all these terrors we must say, "In the Lord I trust."
3. Now I remember that I promised to consider in this Psalm...
Quiver. Hebrew, "on the string "ready to shoot. (Calmet)
But yet her (Haydock) means "abundance "and may be well understood of the quiver. (Berthier)
Persecutors use all rigour, though they disguise the real cause of their resentment against the innocent. (Worthington)
Dark. Septuagint add "moon. "(Menochius)