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St. Augustine

St. Augustine (354 - 430)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker St. Augustine in text and pdf format. Was an early Christian theologian and philosopher [5] whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He was the bishop of Hippo Regius in north Africa and is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Era. Among his most important works are The City of God and Confessions.

When the Western Roman Empire began to disintegrate, Augustine developed the concept of the Church as a spiritual City of God, distinct from the material Earthly City. His thoughts profoundly influenced the medieval worldview. The segment of the Church that adhered to the concept of the Trinity as defined by the Council of Nicaea and the Council of Constantinople closely identified with Augustine's On the Trinity.

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Exposition on Psalm 126
      1. ...How man had come into captivity, let us ask the Apostle Paul....For he says: For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. Romans 7:14 Behold whence we became captives; because we were sold under sin. Who sold us? We oursel ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 127
      1. Among all the Songs entitled the Song of degrees, this Psalm has a further addition in the title, that it is Solomon's. For thus it is entitled, A Song of degrees of Solomon. It has therefore aroused our attention, and caused us to enquire the reason o ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 128
      1. Felix the Martyr, truly Felix, i.e. Happy both in his name and his crown, whose birthday this is, despised the world. Was he, because he feared the Lord, thence happy, thence blessed, because his wife was as a fruitful vine upon the earth, and his chil ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 129
      1. The Psalm which we have sung is short: but as it is written in the Gospel of Zacchæus that he was little of stature, Luke 19:2-9 but mighty in works; as it is written of that widow who cast two mites into the treasury, little was the money, but great ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 13
      Unto the end, a psalm of David. 1. For Christ is the end of the law to every one that believes. Romans 10:4 How long, O Lord, will You forget me unto the end? Psalm 12:1 that is, put me off as to spiritually understanding Christ, who is the Wisdom of G ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 130
      1. Out of the deep have I called unto You, O Lord: Lord, hear my voice Psalm 129:1. Jonas cried from the deep; from the whale's belly. Jonah 2:2 He was not only beneath the waves, but also in the entrails of the beast; nevertheless, those waves and that b ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 131
      1. In this Psalm, the humility of one that is a servant of God and faithful is commended unto us, by whose voice it is sung; which is the whole body of Christ. For we have often warned you, beloved, that it ought not to be received as the voice of one man ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 132
      1. It was right indeed, most beloved, that we should rather hear our Brother, my colleague, when present before all of us. And just now he refused not, but put us off; for he extorted from me that he might now listen to me, on the condition that I also ma ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 133
      1. This is a short Psalm, but one well known and quoted. Behold, how good and how pleasant is it, that brethren should dwell together in unity Psalm 132:1. So sweet is that sound, that even they who know not the Psalter, sing that verse. ... 2. For the ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 134
      1. Behold, now, bless ye the Lord, all you servants of the Lord Psalm 133:1, who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God Psalm 133:2. Why has he added, in the courts? Courts mean the wider spaces of a house. He who stands in ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 135
      1. Very pleasant ought it be to us, and we should rejoice because it is pleasant, to which this Psalm exhorts us. For it says, Praise the name of the Lord Psalm 134:1. And it immediately appends the reason, why it is just to praise the name of the Lord. P ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 136
      1. Give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures for ever Psalm 135:1. This Psalm contains the praise of God, and all its verses finish in the same way. Wherefore although many things are related here in praise of God, yet His mercy is ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 137
      1. ...But today we have sung, By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, when we remembered Sion Psalm 136:1.... 2. Observe the waters of Babylon. The waters of Babylon are all things which here are loved, and pass away. One man, for example, loves ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 138
      1. The title of this Psalm is brief and simple, and need not detain us; since we know whose resemblance David wore, and since in him we recognise ourselves also, for we too are members of that Body. The whole title is, To David himself. Let us see then, w ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 139
      1. ...Our Lord Jesus Christ speaks in the Prophets, sometimes in His own Name, sometimes in ours, because He makes Himself one with us; as it is said, they two shall be one flesh. Wherefore also the Lord says in the Gospel, speaking of marriage, therefore ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 14
      To the end, a psalm of David himself. 1. What to the end means, must not be too often repeated. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes; Romans 10:4 as the Apostle says. We believe in Him, when we begin to enter on ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 140
      1. Our Lords have bidden me, brethren, and in them the Lord of all, to bring this Psalm to your understanding, so far as God gives me to. May He help your prayers, that I may say those things which I ought to say, you to hear, that to all of us the Word o ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 141
      1. ...The Psalm which we have just sung is in many parts somewhat obscure. When by the help of the Lord what has been said shall begin to be expounded and explained, you will see that you are hearing things which you knew already. But for this cause are t ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 142
      1. ...With my voice have I cried unto the Lord Psalm 141:1. It were enough to say, with voice: not for nothing perhaps has my been added. For many cry unto the Lord, not with their own voice, but with the voice of their body. Let the inner man then, in wh ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 143
      1. ...The title of the Psalm is, To David himself, when his son was pursuing him. We know from the Books of Kings 2 Samuel xv that this happened:...but we must recognise here another David, truly strong in hand, which is the explanation of David, even our ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 144
      1. The title of this Psalm is brief in number of words, but heavy in the weight of its mysteries. To David himself against Goliath. This battle was fought in the time of our fathers, and you, beloved, remember it with me from Holy Scripture....David put f ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 145
      1. ...The title is, Praise, to David himself. Praise to Christ Himself. And since He is called David, who came to us of the seed of David, yet He was our King, ruling us, and bringing us into His kingdom, therefore Praise to David himself is understood to ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 146
      1. ...Behold the Psalm sounds; it is the voice of some one (and that some one are you, if you will), of some one encouraging his soul to praise God, and saying to himself, Praise the Lord, O my soul Psalm 145:1. For sometimes in the tribulations and tempt ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 147
      1. It is said to us, Praise the Lord Psalm 146:1. This is said to all nations, not to us alone. And these words, sounded forth through separate places by the Readers, each Church hears separately; but the one same Voice of God proclaims unto all, that we ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 148
      1. The subject of our meditation in this present life should be the praises of God; for the everlasting exaltation of our life hereafter will be the praise of God, and none can become fit for the life hereafter, who has not practised himself for it now. S ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 149
      1. Let us praise the Lord both in voice, and in understanding, and in good works; and, as this Psalm exhorts, let us sing unto Him a new song. It begins: Sing ye to the Lord a new song. His praise is in the Church of the Saints Psalm 149:1. The old man ha ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 15
      A psalm of David himself. 1. Touching this title there is no question. O Lord who shall sojourn in Your tabernacle? Psalm 14:1. Although tabernacle be sometimes used even for an everlasting habitation: yet when tabernacle is taken in its proper meaning ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 150
      1. Although the arrangement of the Psalms, which seems to me to contain the secret of a mighty mystery, has not yet been revealed unto me, yet, by the fact that they in all amount to one hundred and fifty, they suggest somewhat even to us, who have not as ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 16
      The inscription of the title, of David himself. 1. Our King in this Psalm speaks in the character of the human nature He assumed, of whom the royal title at the time of His passion was eminently set forth. 2. Now He says as follows; Preserve me, O Lor ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 17
      A prayer of David himself. 1. This prayer must be assigned to the Person of the Lord, with the addition of the Church, which is His body. 2. Hear My righteousness, O God, consider My supplication Psalm 16:1. Hearken unto My prayer, not in deceitful ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 18
      To the end, for the servant of the Lord, David himself. 1. That is, for the strong of hand, Christ in His Manhood. The words of this song which he spoke to the Lord on the day when the Lord delivered him out of the hands of his enemies, and of the hand ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 19
      To the end, a psalm of David himself. 1. It is a well-known title; nor does the Lord Jesus Christ say what follows, but it is said of Him. 2. The heavens tell out the glory of God Psalm 18:1. The righteous Evangelists, in whom, as in the heavens, Go ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 2
      1. Why do the heathen rage, and the people meditate vain things? Psalm 2:1. The kings of the earth have stood up, and the rulers taken counsel together, against the Lord, and against His Christ Psalm 2:2. It is said, why? as if it were said, in vain. For ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 20
      To the end, a psalm of David. 1. This is a well-known title; and it is not Christ who speaks; but the prophet speaks to Christ, under the form of wishing, foretelling things to come. 2. The Lord hear You in the day of trouble Psalm 19:1. The Lord hear ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 21
      To the end, a psalm of David himself. 1. The title is a familiar one; the Psalm is of Christ. 2. O Lord, the King shall rejoice in Your strength Psalm 20:1. O Lord, in Your strength, whereby the Word was made flesh, the Man Christ Jesus shall rejoice. ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 22
      To the end, for the taking up of the morning, a psalm of David. 1. To the end, for His own resurrection, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself speaks. John 20:1-17 For in the morning on the first day of the week was His resurrection, whereby He was taken up, int ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 23
      A psalm of David himself. 1. The Church speaks to Christ: The Lord feeds me, and I shall lack nothing Psalm 22:1. The Lord Jesus Christ is my Shepherd, and I shall lack nothing. 2. In a place of pasture there has He placed me Psalm 22:2. In a place ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 24
      A psalm of David himself, on the first day of the week. 1. A Psalm of David himself, touching the glorifying and resurrection of the Lord, which took place early in the morning on the first day of the week, which is now called the Lord's Day. 2. The e ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 25
      To the end, a psalm of David himself. 1. Christ speaks, but in the person of the Church: for what is said has reference rather to the Christian People turned unto God. 2. Unto You, O Lord, have I lift up my soul Psalm 24:1: with spiritual longing have ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 26
      Of David himself. 1. It may be attributed to David himself, not the Mediator, the Man Christ Jesus, but the whole Church now perfectly established in Christ. 2. Judge me, O Lord, for I have walked in my innocence Psalm 25:1. Judge me, O Lord, for, a ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 27
      Of David himself, before he was anointed. 1. Christ's young soldier speaks, on his coming to the faith. The Lord is my light, and my salvation: whom shall I fear? Psalm 26:1. The Lord will give me both knowledge of Himself, and salvation: who shall take ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 28
      Of David himself. 1. It is the Voice of the Mediator Himself, strong of hand in the conflict of the Passion. Now what He seems to wish for against His enemies, is not the wish of malevolence, but the declaration of their punishment; as in the Gospel, M ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 29
      A psalm of David himself, of the consummation of the tabernacle. 1. A Psalm of the Mediator Himself, strong of hand, of the perfection of the Church in this world, where she wars in time against the devil. 2. The Prophet speaks, Bring unto the Lord, ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 3
      A psalm of David, when he fled from the face of Abessalon his son. 1. The words, I slept, and took rest; and rose, for the Lord will take me up, lead us to believe that this Psalm is to be understood as in the Person of Christ; for they sound more appl ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 30
      To the end, the psalm of the canticle of the dedication of the house, of David himself. 1. To the end, a Psalm of the joy of the Resurrection, and the change, the renewing of the body to an immortal state, and not only of the Lord, but also of the whol ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 31
      To the end, a psalm of David himself, an ecstasy. 1. To the end a Psalm of David Himself, the Mediator strong of hand in persecutions. For the word ecstasy, which is added to the title, signifies a transport of the mind, which is produced either by a pan ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 32
      To David himself; for understanding. 1. To David himself; for understanding; by which it is understood that not by the merits of works, but by the grace of God, man is delivered, confessing his sins. 2. Blessed are they whose unrighteousness is forg ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 33
      1. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous: rejoice, O you righteous, not in yourselves, for that is not safe; but in the Lord. For praise is comely to the upright Psalm 32:1: these praise the Lord, who submit themselves unto the Lord; for else they are dist ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 34
      A psalm of David, when he changed his countenance before Abimelech, and he sent him away, and he departed. 1. Because there was there a sacrifice after the order of Aaron, and afterwards He of His Own Body and Blood appointed a sacrifice after the orde ... read more

Exposition on Psalm 35
      1. ...The title of it causes us no delay, for it is both brief, and to be understood not difficult, especially to those nursed in the Church of God. For so it is, To David himself. The Psalm then is to David himself: now David is interpreted, Strong in ha ... read more

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