Psalms 73:18

Surely you did set them in slippery places: you cast them down into destruction.
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Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
18. To wit, "because of deceitfulness Thou hast set upon them" (ver. 18). Because deceitful they are, that is fraudulent; because deceitful they are, they suffer deceits. What is this, because fraudulent they are they suffer a fraud? They desire to play a fraud upon mankind in all their naughtinesses, they themselves also suffer a frand, in choosing earthly good things, and in forsaking the eternal. Therefore, brethren, in their very playing off a fraud they suffer a fraud. In that which but now I said, brethren, "What manner of wit hath he who to gain a garment doth lose his fidelity?" hath he whose garment he hath taken suffered a fraud, or he that is smitten with so great a loss? If a garment is more precious than fidelity, the former doth suffer the greater loss: but if incomparably good faith doth surpass the whole world, the latter shall seem to have sustained the loss of a garment; but to the former is said, "What doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world, but suffer the l...

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Thou hast put it to them. In punishment of their deceits, or for deceiving them, thou hast brought evils upon them in their last end, which in their prosperity they never apprehended. (Challoner) Septuagint, add, "thou hast placed evils. "St. Ambrose reads, "goods. "(Calmet) Dolos, seems to form part of both sentences, "for deceits thou hast put deceits. "(Berthier) With the perverse, thou wilt be perverted, Psalm xvii. 27. Protestants, "surely thou didst set them in slippery places, thou calledst them down into destruction "(Haydock) or, "when they were lifted up. "Do the rich think, that their prosperity may be an effect of God's indignation? (Calmet) We are here informed, in general, that evils are prepared to punish sins. (Worthington) The wicked have risen by their crimes to such a slippery situation. (Menochius)

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

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