They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
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Augustine of Hippo
9. "They have been bound, and fallen" (ver. 8). And therefore were they bound by the lust of temporal things, fearing to spare the Lord, lest they should lose their place by "the Romans:" and rushing violently on the stone of offence and rock of stumbling, they fell from the heavenly hope: to whom the blindness in part of Israel hath happened, being ignorant of God's righteousness, and wishing to establish their own. "But we are risen, and stand upright." But we, that the Gentile people might enter in, out of the stones raised up as children to Abraham, who followed not after righteousness, have attained to it, and are risen; and not by our own strength, but being justified by faith, we stand upright.
Bound. Their chariot wheels are entangled, Exodus xiv. 25. (Calmet)
Those who trust in the power of man, fall into captivity. (Worthington)
Their feet are ensnared. (Berthier)
The king. Hebrew, "Let the king hear us when we call. "Protestants, (Haydock) "our king shall hear "Syriac, "Word of the Lord, redeem us; Potent king, hear "But the Septuagint is preferable, and the best critics often deviate from the Jews; (Muis; Calmet) though here the sense is very good, and adopted by St. Jerome. God is styled king in Hebrew. (Haydock)
This title is commonly given to the Messias. (Berthier)
The Chaldean seems to have had the second person of the blessed Trinity in view, as many of the Jews were acquainted with this mystery, particularly after the propagation of the gospel, when the paraphrase on the psalms was probably composed. (Haydock)
When the head is safe, the body is also preserved. (Worthington)
We must pray for our superiors, that we also may lead a quiet life, 1 Timothy ii. 2....