Your people shall be willing in the day of your power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: you have the dew of your youth.
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Augustine of Hippo
7. "With Thee the beginning on the day of Thy power" (ver. 3). What is this day of His power, when is there beginning with Him, or what beginning, or in what sense is there beginning with Him, since He is the Beginning? ...
8. What meaneth, "With Thee is the beginning"? Suppose anything you please as the beginning. Of Christ Himself, it would rather have been said, Thou art the Beginning, than, With Thee is the beginning. For He answered to those who asked Him, "Who art Thou?" and said, "Even the same that I said unto you, the Beginning;" since His Father also is the Beginning, of whom is the only-begotten Son, in which Beginning was the Word, for the Word was with God. What then, if both the Father and the Son are the beginning, are there two beginnings? God forbid! For as the Father is God, and the Son is God, but the Father and the Son are not two Gods, but one God: so is the Father Beginning and the Son Beginning, but the Father and the Son are not two, but one Beginning. "With ...
Principality. Christ says, All power is given to me, Matthew xxviii., and this he will display (Haydock) in the day of judgment. (St. Chrysostom)
Arche is used in this sense by Xenophon, (Calmet) as principium is by Suetonius, (in Aug.) yet it may also signify, This is the "origin "or source of thy authority, from the womb "(St. Chrysostom) (Berthier)
The consubstantiality of the Son is hence manifest, and this ensures every perfection. (Haydock)
The Father and the Son are both principals. (St. Jerome)
Christ was in the beginning, (John i.) and the very beginning. His eternal birth is here mentioned, though some have explained it of his temporal nativity, which took place before the rising of the day-star. (Calmet)
This, however, would seem a trivial circumstance, (Berthier) whereas the birth of Christ before the whole creation is of great consequence.
Saints. Or "holy places "sanctorum. Hebrew, "In the beauties (behadre.; Haydock) St. Jerome has read berri, in the mountains, (Ca...