64:14. The rams of the flock are clothed, and the vales shall abound with corn: they shall shout, yea they shall sing a hymn.
Psalms Chapter 65
An invitation to praise God.
65:1. Unto the end, a canticle of a psalm of the resurrection. Shout with joy to God, all the earth,
65:2. Sing ye a psalm to his name; give glory to his praise.
65:3. Say unto God, How terrible are thy works, O Lord! in the multitude of thy strength thy enemies shall lie to thee.
65:4. Let all the earth adore thee, and sing to thee: let it sing a psalm to thy name.
65:5. Come and see the works of God; who is terrible in his counsels over the sons of men.
65:6. Who turneth the sea into dry land, in the river they shall pass on foot: there shall we rejoice in him.
65:7. Who by his power ruleth for ever: his eyes behold the nations; let not them that provoke him be exalted in themselves.
65:8. O bless our God, ye Gentiles: and make the voice of his praise to be heard.
65:9. Who hath set my soul to live: and hath not suffered my feet to be moved:
65:10. For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us by fire, as silver is tried.
65:11. Thou hast brought us into a net, thou hast laid afflictions on our back:
65:12. Thou hast set men over our heads. We have passed through fire and water, and thou hast brought us out into a refreshment.
65:13. I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,
65:14. Which my lips have uttered, And my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.
65:15. I will offer up to thee holocausts full of marrow, with burnt offerings of rams: I will offer to thee bullocks with goats.
65:16. Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will tell you what great things he hath done for my soul.
65:17. I cried to him with my mouth: and I extolled him with my tongue.
65:18. If I have looked at iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.
65:19. Therefore hath God heard me, and hath attended to the voice of my supplication.
65:20. Blessed be God, who hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.
Psalms Chapter 66
A prayer for the propagation of the church.
66:1. Unto the end, in hymns, a psalm of a canticle for David.
66:2. May God have mercy on us, and bless us: may he cause the light of his countenance to shine upon us, and may he have mercy on us.
66:3. That we may know thy way upon earth: thy salvation in all nations.
66:4. Let people confess to thee, O God: let all people give praise to thee.
66:5. Let the nations be glad and rejoice: for thou judgest the people with justice, and directest the nations upon earth.
66:6. Let the people, O God, confess to thee: let all the people give praise to thee:
66:7. The earth hath yielded her fruit. May God, our God bless us,
66:8. May God bless us: and all the ends of the earth fear him.
Psalms Chapter 67
The glorious establishment of the church of the New Testament, prefigured by the benefits bestowed on the people of Israel.
67:1. Unto the end, a psalm of a canticle for David himself.
67:2. Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered: and let them that hate him flee from before his face.
67:3. As smoke vanisheth, so let them vanish away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
67:4. And let the just feast, and rejoice before God: and be delighted with gladness.
67:5. Sing ye to God, sing a psalm to his name, make a way for him who ascendeth upon the west: the Lord is his name. Rejoice ye before him: but the wicked shall be troubled at his presence,
Who ascendeth upon the west... Super occasum. St. Gregory understands it of Christ, who after his going down, like the sun, in the west, by his passion and death, ascended more glorious, and carried all before him.
St. Jerome renders it, who ascendeth, or cometh up, through the deserts.
67:6. Who is the father of orphans, and the judge of widows. God in his holy place:
67:7. God who maketh men of one manner to dwell in a house: Who bringeth out them that were bound in strength; in like manner them that provoke, that dwell in sepulchres.
Of one manner... That is, agreeing in faith, unanimous in love, and following the same manner of discipline. It is verified in the servants of God, living together in his house, which is the church. 1 Tim. 3.15.
Ibid. Them that were bound, etc... The power and mercy of God appears in his bringing out of their captivity those that were strongly bound in their sins: and in restoring to his grace those whose behaviour had been most provoking; and who by their evil habits were not only dead, but buried in their sepulchres.
67:8. O God, when thou didst go forth in the sight of thy people, when thou didst pass through the desert:
67:9. The earth was moved, and the heavens dropped at the presence of the God of Sina, at the presence of the God of Israel.