Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in your precepts.
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Augustine of Hippo
78. He then goeth on as follows: "Let the proud be confounded, for they have unrighteously practised iniquity against me: but I will be occupied in Thy commandments" (ver. 78). Behold, what he saith, the meditation of the law of God, or rather, his meditation the law of God.
Ashamed. Literally, "confounded "not accomplishing their wicked designs. (Calmet)
Thus may they be induced to entertain that shame for sin which bringeth life, (Haydock) and cease to offend. (Theodoret)
Let them be converted: though it be also (Haydock) lawful to desire that obstinate sinners may undergo just punishment. (Worthington)
The saints pray thus out of zeal for their good. It may also be a prediction, as the Hebrew word (Berthier) yebshu is in the future. (Haydock)
Done. Hebrew, "falsely perverted "(Montanus) in desire; (Calmet) or "having wished to pervert me without cause. "(Pagnin)
But to pervert, means also to treat ill; and hivvethuni has that sense here, (Haydock) according to the best authors. (Berthier)