For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! grain shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maidens.
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George Leo Haydock
The corn His most excellent gift is the blessed Eucharist, called here the corn, that is, the bread of the elect, and the wine springing forth virgins, that is, maketh virgins to bud, or spring forth as it were like flowers among thorns, because it has a wonderful efficacy to give and preserve purity. (Challoner)
It enables the weak to despise all things for the sake of virtue, and makes them fruitful and eloquent, as the original implies. (Calmet)
Septuagint, "a fragrant wine for virgins. "(Haydock)
Christ is the grain of wheat, which dying, brings forth much fruit, (John xii.) and "of this wheat that bread is made which came from heaven "John vi. (St. Jerome) (Worthington)
"How shall not they have joy, who being inebriated with the cup of our Saviour, are made virgins? "This was partly verified in the days of the Machabees, to whom plenty was granted. (St. Jerome) (Haydock)
Those who partake worthily of the blessed Eucharist, become strong and pure. (Menochius)
The corn: His most excellent gift is the blessed Eucharist, called here The corn, that is, the bread of the elect, and the wine springing forth virgins; that is, maketh virgins to bud, or spring forth, as it were, like flowers among thorns; because it has a wonderful efficacy to give and preserve purity.
Now concerning the several sorts of food, the Lord says to you, “You shall eat the good things of the earth,” and “All sorts of flesh shall you eat, as the green herb,” but “You shall pour out the blood.” For “not those things that go into the mouth, but those that come out of it, defile a man.” “I mean blasphemies, evil speaking, and if there be any other thing like that. But “do you eat the fat of the land with righteousness.” For “if anything be pleasant, it is his; and if there be anything good, it is his: wheat for the young men, and wine to cheer the maids.” For “who shall eat or who shall drink without him?” Wise Ezra does also admonish you and says, “Go your way, and eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and do not be sorrowful.” .