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Bible Commentaries

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts

Psalms 88

Verses 1-18

Psalms 88:15

St. John of the Cross in The Ascent of Mount Carmel quotes this text in its Latin form: 'Pauper sum ego et in laboribus a juventute mea'. He says that David calls himself poor although it is clear that he was rich, because his will was not set on riches, and so he was in the same state as if he had really been poor. But if he had formerly been actually poor and had not been poor in will, he would not have been truly poor, since the soul was rich and full in appetite.

Obras Espirituales, San Juan de la Cruz, vol. 1. p. 13.

References. LXXXVIII. 15, 16. T. Arnold, Christian Life; Its Hopes, p. 106. Ibid. Sermons, vol. v. p. 106. LXXXVIII. 18. C. Vince, The Unchanging Saviour, p. 224. LXXXVIII. International Critical Commentary, vol. ii. p. 242. LXXXIX. 11. W. M. Sinclair, Words from St. Paul's, p. 1. LXXXIX. 14. W. H. H. Murray, American Pulpit of Today, vol. ii. p. 927.

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Nicoll, William Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Psalms 88". Expositor's Dictionary of Text. 1910.