Psalms 40:6

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire; my ears have you opened: burnt offering and sin offering have you not required.
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Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
12. "Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire" (ver. 6), saith the Psalm to God. For the men of old time, when as yet the true Sacrifice, which is known to the faithful, was foreshown in figures, used to celebrate rites that were figures of the reality that was to be hereafter; many of them understanding their meaning; but more of them in ignorance of it. For the Prophets and the holy Patriarchs understood what they were celebrating; but the rest of the "stiff-necked people" were so carnal, that what was done by them was but to symbolize the things that were to come afterwards; and it came to pass, when that first sacrifice was abolished; when the burnt-offerings of "rams, of goats, and of calves," and of other victims, had been abolished, "God did not desire them." Why did God not desire them? And why did He at the first desire them? Because all those things werecd, as it were, the words of a person making a promise; and the expressions conveying a promise, when the thing that the...

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Sacrifice and oblation. Neither bloody nor unbloody sacrifices of the law will do. (Menochius) Pierced ears. Septuagint and St. Paul read, a body thou hast fitted to me, Hebrews x. 5. (Haydock) Nobilius mentions, that he found the reading of the Vulgate in one Greek manuscript in Eusebius The Arabic has both. "Thou hast prepared a body for me, and opened my ears. "(Calmet) Both are, in effect, of divine authority. The version adopted by St. Paul, cannot be rejected, no more than the Hebrew confirmed by the Vulgate. James Pierce asserts, that the Hebrew is incorrect, oznaim being put for az zip, "then a body "as the letters are not unlike. The dissertation is ingenious: the author is, however, suspected of Socinianism. We know not the reason why the Vulgate here abandons the Septuagint. The sense is much the same; the prophet noticing the entire obedience of the Messias, (Berthier) and the apostle comprising his whole person. (Menochius) His body was miraculous, (Haydock) and the i...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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