An evil disease, say they, clings close unto him: and now that he lies down he shall rise up no more.
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Augustine of Hippo
9. "An ungodly word do they set forth against Me" (ver. 8). What sort of ungodly word? Listen to the Head Itself. "Come, let us kill Him, and the inheritance shall be ours." Fools! How shall the inheritance be yours? Because ye killed Him? Lo! ye even killed Him; yet shall not the inheritance be yours. "Shall not He that sleepeth add this also, that He rise again"? When ye exulted that ye had slain Him, He slept; for He saith in another Psalm, "I slept." They raged and would slay Me; "I slept." If I had not willed, I had not even slept. "I slept," because "I have power to lay down My life, and I have power to take it again." "I laid Me down and slept, and rose up again." Rage then the Jews; be "the earth given into the hands of the wicked," be the flesh left to the hands of persecutors, let them on wood suspend it, with nails transfix it, with a spear pierce it. "Shall He that sleepeth, not add this, that He rise up again?" Wherefore slept He? Because "Adam is the figure of Him that wa...
Word of affecting the regal power (St. Ambrose)
No more? Jesus Christ speaks. They have unjustly condemned me: But can I not rise again? or the words may be put in the mouth of his enemies. Shall we have any thing to fear from the dead? If we were to confine him only, he might perhaps escape. (Calmet)
Hebrew, "an evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth, he shall rise up no more. "(Protestants)
"The word of the devil they poured out against themselves; he who hath slept, shall rise no more. "(St. Jerome)
Yet lo may be explained, an non, "shall not he "Septuagint have seen this insulting interrogation of the Jews who ridiculed what Christ had said of his future resurrection. (Berthier)
They determined to put him to death; but they could not prevent his glorious (Worthington) appearance again on the third day. (Haydock)
Those who explain this of David, say, that the sleep denotes a mortal illness, or a grievous fault, for which it was expected, that the...