He makes them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
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Augustine of Hippo
6. "And shall bruise them as the calf of Libanus" (ver. 6). And when their proud exaltation hath been cut off, He will lay them low after the imitation of His Own humility, who like a calf was led to slaughter by the nobility of this world. "For the kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers agreed together against the Lord, and against His Christ." "And the Beloved is as the young of the unicorns." For even He the Beloved, and the Only One of the Father, "emptied Himself" of His glory; and was made man, like a child of the Jews, that were "ignorant of God's righteousness," and proudly boasting of their own righteousness as peculiarly theirs.
Shall reduce them to pieces In Hebrew, shall make them to skip like a calf. The psalmist here describes the effects of thunder, (which he calls the voice of the Lord) which sometimes breaks down the tallest and strongest trees; and makes their broken branches skip All this is to be understood mystically, of the powerful voice of God's word in his Church; which has broke the pride of the great ones of this world, and brought many of them meekly and joyfully to submit their necks to the sweet yoke of Christ. (Challoner)
Calf, or "branch "as the Greek word also implies. But Hebrew seems more naturally to signify "a calf; Libanus and Sir ion, (or Sari on.; Deuteronomy iii. 9.) as the son of the unicorn. "These two mountains are represented jolting together. (Calmet)
The violence of an earthquake has sometimes produced such effects. (Pliny, ii. 83.) See Psalm cxiii. 4., Judges v. 5., and Habacuc iii. 10. (Calmet)
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