An eight year old girl has been confirmed as the second victims of an ISIS suicide bomber, who killed 22 and injured 57 during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Isis has claimed responsibility for the atrocity.
“With Allah’s grace and support, a soldier of the Caliphate managed to place explosive devises in the midst of gatherings of the Crusaders in the British City of Manchester, in revenge for Allah’s religion,” its news service said.
A terrorism expert quoted by The Sun said the attack “appeared to have taken quite a considerable amount of planning”.
“I probably think this guy was on a database.”
ISIS, which is a tool of the Globalists like George Soros and Alexis Tsipras, has threatened more severe attacks.
The Queen made a dignified statement.
She said: “The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert.
“I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured.
“I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care.
“And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity.”
I can only add I feel outrage, outrage at the criminal scum who detonated a bomb in a concert packed with children, outrage at such a sickeningly cruel and cowardly evil, outrage that such a crime is justified in the name of religion.
Saudi Arabia is considered by many to be the world’s number one sponsor of radical Jihadists targetting the West, and Donald Trump has just given them 350 billion dollars worth of new weapons, even as it faces collapse due to falling oil prices.
Whenever I feel angry like this at the rampage of evil people, I need to read Psalm 37, and am posting it on the blog now in case other readers wish to read it.
At the end, some comments on Psalm 37 from the Church Fathers for anyone interested.
1 Don’t worry about the wicked
or envy those who do wrong.
2 For like grass, they soon fade away.
Like spring flowers, they soon wither.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
5 Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
6 He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
7 Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.
8 Stop being angry!
Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper—
it only leads to harm.
9 For the wicked will be destroyed,
but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.
10 Soon the wicked will disappear.
Though you look for them, they will be gone.
11 The lowly will possess the land
and will live in peace and prosperity.
12 The wicked plot against the godly;
they snarl at them in defiance.
13 But the Lord just laughs,
for he sees their day of judgment coming.
14 The wicked draw their swords
and string their bows
to kill the poor and the oppressed,
to slaughter those who do right.
15 But their swords will stab their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
16 It is better to be godly and have little
than to be evil and rich.
17 For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,
but the Lord takes care of the godly.
18 Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent,
and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.
19 They will not be disgraced in hard times;
even in famine they will have more than enough.
20 But the wicked will die.
The Lord’s enemies are like flowers in a field—
they will disappear like smoke.
21 The wicked borrow and never repay,
but the godly are generous givers.
22 Those the Lord blesses will possess the land,
but those he curses will die.
23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.
25 Once I was young, and now I am old.
Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned
or their children begging for bread.
26 The godly always give generous loans to others,
and their children are a blessing.
27 Turn from evil and do good,
and you will live in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves justice,
and he will never abandon the godly.
He will keep them safe forever,
but the children of the wicked will die.
29 The godly will possess the land
and will live there forever.
30 The godly offer good counsel;
they teach right from wrong.
31 They have made God’s law their own,
so they will never slip from his path.
32 The wicked wait in ambush for the godly,
looking for an excuse to kill them.
33 But the Lord will not let the wicked succeed
or let the godly be condemned when they are put on trial.
34 Put your hope in the Lord.
Travel steadily along his path.
He will honor you by giving you the land.
You will see the wicked destroyed.
35 I have seen wicked and ruthless people
flourishing like a tree in its native soil.
36 But when I looked again, they were gone!
Though I searched for them, I could not find them!
37 Look at those who are honest and good,
for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.
38 But the rebellious will be destroyed;
they have no future.
39 The Lord rescues the godly;
he is their fortress in times of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them,
rescuing them from the wicked.
He saves them,
and they find shelter in him.
GOD WILL BE YOUR PEACE. AUGUSTINE: Peace will be your gold, peace will be your silver, peace will be your broad estates, peace your very life. Your God will be your peace. Peace will be for you whatever you long for. In this world gold cannot also be silver for you, wine cannot be bread for you, what gives you light cannot provide you with drink; but your God will be everything to you. You will feed on him, and hunger will never come near you; you will drink him, never to thirst again; you will be illumined by him that you may suffer no blindness; you will be supported by him and saved from weakness. He will possess you whole and undivided, as he, your possessor, is whole and undivided himself. You will lack nothing with him, for with him you possess all that is; you will have it all, and he will have all there is of you, because you and he will be one, and he who possesses you will have this one thing and have it wholly. EXPOSITIONS OF THE PSALMS 37.12.30
CULTIVATE YOUR HEART. ORIGEN: The word “land” here indicates the heart of the listener and his soul. We are ordered, therefore, to dwell in this land, that is, not to wander far from it, not to run around busily, but to dwell and to take up a firm stance within the bounds of our spirits and to consider the land of our heart very carefully and to become its tiller just as Noah was and to plant in it the vine and cultivate the land within us, “to renew the fallowed ground of our spirits and sow not among the thorns.”. HOMILY 1 ON PSALM 37.3.7
DIODORE OF TARSUS: Do not imitate evil people, even if they are rich, or those who break the law, even if they amass wealth through their corruption. Why not? Although they may flourish for a time, such people have a rapid end. They are like flowers, delightful to the eye for a short time but unable to bear the heat which makes them dry up immediately. COMMENTARY ON PSALMS 37.2
THE DEEP ROOT. AUGUSTINE: What seems slow to you is fast to God; submit yourself to God, and it will seem fast to you as well. The word grass we take to mean the same as “plants in the meadow.” They are unimportant things that cling to the surface of the soil and have no deep roots. They thrive in the winter, but in summer when the sun begins to grow hot they wilt. This present time is your winter. Your glory does not show yet. But like the winter trees you have the deep root of charity, and so when the cold weather passes and summer comes (Judgment Day, I mean) the green grass will dry up and your glory shine out, like the foliage of the trees. “You are dead,” says the apostle: you look as dead as the trees do in winter, parched and apparently lifeless. What hope have we, then, if we are dead? We have the root within us, and where our root is fixed, there is our life, for there is our charity. “Your life is hidden with Christ in God,” the apostle continues. How can anyone with such a root ever wilt? But when will spring arrive for us? Or our summer? When shall we be arrayed in fair foliage or laden with luscious fruit? When will that be? Listen to Paul’s next line: “When Christ appears, Christ who is your life, then you too will appear with him in glory.”4 EXPOSITIONS OF THE PSALMS 37.3.5
CONSTANT COMMUNION. THEODORET OF CYR: In everything he taught the benefit of hope in God: the person hoping in God, he says, and fed by him will enjoy the goods supplied by him while those who find delightful constant converse with him will most of all attain them. COMMENTARY ON THE PSALMS 37.2.8
DIVINE LUXURY. ORIGEN: The expression “we need” is used for those things that are necessary for life. When it comes to material things, we do not need most things but only those of which Paul says, “having food and clothing, we shall be satisfied with these things.” .. In the same way, there are also things that are necessary for us in the realm of divine matters, which bring us into life and cause us to be in the one who says, “I am the life.” COMMENTARY ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN 32.106.10
BE GOOD OPENLY. DIODORE OF TARSUS: Be sincere in pursuing good, not pretending to be honest while being evil; instead, be good openly and as it were without disguise so that God may openly repay you with good. COMMENTARY ON PSALMS 37.11
FAITH WILL BE REVEALED AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. AUGUSTINE: Your righteousness is hidden at present; it is a reality, but in faith, not something that can be seen. You believe in something that prompts you to action, but you do not yet see what you believe in. When you begin to see the object of your faith, your righteousness will be led out into the light. Your faith itself was all along your righteousness, for the one who lives by faith is just. EXPOSITIONS OF THE PSALMS 37.6.13
NO HIDDEN JUDGMENT. AMBROSE: God brings [justice] out into the light. He does not permit judgment to lie hidden. He reveals the good that you have chosen to do and the evil that you have refused to do. Not only does he make your judgment shine, but also he makes it shine like the sun at midday. COMMENTARY ON TWELVE PSALMS 37.15.14
GOD IS ABLE AND TRUSTWORTHY. AUGUSTINE: How do you show yourself subject to God? By doing what he commanded. You do not receive your reward yet, but that may be because you are not yet capable of it. He is always able to give it, but you are not able to receive it. Make an effort, labor in the vineyard, and when evening comes ask for your wages, for the one who brought you into the vineyard is reliable and true. EXPOSITIONS OF THE PSALMS 37.8.16
A SURE PUNISHMENT. THEODORE OF MOPSUESTIA: Do not consider blessed those people who are in a position to do whatever they wish, and never do wrong if you see them suffering no penalty. “Because the evildoers will be wiped out”: those guilty of wickedness will some day pay the full penalty and perish. COMMENTARY ON PSALMS 37.8B–9A.21
TRUE DESTRUCTION. EVAGRIUS OF PONTUS: Nothing else is destroyed but that which is cut off from God. NOTES ON THE PSALMS 36.9.22
REFOCUS. THEODORET OF CYR: Instead of considering their prosperity, wait for their end, and you will see their ruin. COMMENTARY ON THE PSALMS 37.3.23
DIVINE FOREKNOWLEDGE. DIODORE OF TARSUS: God in his foreknowledge [is] aware of the fate of the wicked and [sees] the righteous person’s endurance. . . . God looks ahead to [the wicked person’s] fate and mocks his threats and his frenzy, aware as he is of the future. So, in many cases just when the wicked think they have gotten the better of those who good, then it is at that moment that sudden ruin overtakes them and when unexpected punishment is inflicted on them by God. COMMENTARY ON PSALM 37.
HIS FUNCTION WILL CEASE. AUGUSTINE: What does “his place” mean? His function. Does the sinner have a function? Yes, he does. God uses sinners in the present world to test the just, as he used the devil to test Job and used Judas to betray Christ. So the sinner does have a certain role in this life. This role is his “place.” EXPOSITIONS OF THE PSALMS 37.11.26
THE WORLD TO COME. CASSIODORUS: He says the meek will possess the Jerusalem to come, a city about which much has already been said; it is a city constantly filled with the sweetness of good things where its inhabitants do not earn their living through trade, but feed on delight in God. There no one works to live, but in quietness receives all that the blessed soul desires. EXPLANATION OF THE PSALMS 37.11.31
CONVICTION. CASSIODORUS: When the evil person sees someone making progress on developing good character, he feels as if he is being convicted personally. He gnashes his teeth and becomes furious. If he cannot corrupt someone’s character, then he immediately attempts to do away with his life. EXPLANATION OF THE PSALMS 37.12.32
THEY HURT THEMSELVES. AUGUSTINE: What do you think: does the scoundrel’s wickedness harm you without harming himself? Of course not. How is it possible that the malice that springs from his ill will and hatred and then lashes out at you to do harm should not devastate him within before making its appearance outwardly towards you? Hostility is deflected from your body; evil destroys his soul. Whatever he does against you, recoils on him. His persecution purifies you but leaves him guilty. Who comes off worse, then? . . . Clearly, then, all those who persecute the just are more severely damaged and more gravely wounded themselves because in their case it is the soul itself that is laid waste. EXPOSITIONS OF THE PSALMS 37.3.37
GOD’S EYES. AMBROSE: His eyes are light; those on whom he looks he illumines; and therefore his eyes are the days of the just. COMMENTARY ON TWELVE PSALMS 37.33.42
37:19 Not Put to Shame
DISCONCERTED. AUGUSTINE: Who is disapppointed? The person who says, “I have not found what I was hoping for.” . . . You are down because your hope has proved illusory; hope founded on a lie is always an illusion, and every mortal is a liar. If you put your hope in your God, you will not be disappointed, because you have rested it on one who is true and sure.. . . For sinners there is no place to rest, nothing they can find outside their egos, which is the cause of their afflictions. Their conscience offer them no consolation. They are not comfortable with themselves. It is not comfortable to live with someone bad…Such persons are tormented and are their own tormentor. Those with a tortured conscience are their own punishment. They can flee wherever they like from an enemy, but where will they flee from themselves? EXPOSITIONS OF THE PSALMS 37.9–10.44
37:20 The Wicked Vanish
THEY PASS SWIFTLY. AMBROSE: The Greek puts it more forcibly, showing that where a person appears honored and exalted, there, by his very own failure, he is brought to a halt. COMMENTARY ON TWELVE PSALMS 37.39.45
TENUOUS. AUGUSTINE: Smoke bursts from the place where the fire is and drifts upward; and as it rises it billows into a big, wide cloud. But the bigger this cloud becomes, the more fragile it becomes; its very size means that it cannot be something durable and solid. It hangs in the air loosely and dispersed, and it is carried away into the air and vanishes; you can see that its very size was its undoing. The higher it rises, and the more it spreads, and extends itself over an ever growing area, the weaker it is and the wispier, until it vanishes. EXPOSITIONS OF THE PSALMS 37.12.46
CHRIST’S WAY. AUGUSTINE: Once you have set out to follow Christ’s way, do not promise yourself worldly prosperity. He walked through hard things but promised great things. Follow him. Do not think too much about the way but more about the goal ahead of you. You will have to put up with tough conditions on your journey through time, but you will attain joys that last forever. . . . An entire human life lasts but a few days, even if no joyful ones are interspersed among the hard ones; and in fact joyful periods certainly occur more often and last longer than the difficult times. The hard ones are on purpose made briefer and fewer, so that we can hold out. Even if a person spent his or her whole life inflicted by hard work and bitter experiences, in pain and agony, in prison, amid pestilence; if he or she were hungry and thirsty every day, every hour, throughout life, even to old age, it would still be true that human life is an affair of a few days only. Once all this toil is over, the eternal kingdom will come, happiness without end will come, equality with the angels will come, Christ’s inheritance will come, and Christ, our fellow heir, will come. What did the toil amount to, if we receive so great a reward? . . . If you choose Christ’s way and are a true Christian (for a Christian is one who does not reject Christ’s path but is ready to walk that way through Christ’s own sufferings), do not seek to travel by any route other than that by which he went. It seems a hard road, but it is a safe one. Any other may offer attractions but is beset by brigands. EXPOSITIONS OF THE PSALMS 37.16.50
DIVINE ASSISTANCE. THEODORET OF CYR: So, you see, even if the one traveling this path should slip, he will gain divine support. Likewise, when blessed David stumbled and ran the risk of coming to grief, he was borne up by divine grace. COMMENTARY ON THE PSALMS 37.8.51
NOT ABANDONED BY GOD. AMBROSE: We have seen plenty of just people in this world who have been forsaken by people as soon as those just ones are persecuted by people in power. No one dares to go near them so long as they are subject to fear and injury. Remember what Job said: “My brothers have departed far from me, they recognize strangers more than they recognize me; my friends have become merciless and those who knew me once have forgotten even my name.”52 As for David, not only was he deserted, but also he was even attacked by his friends and those closest to him by family ties: “My friends,” he says, “and my neighbors have advanced against me.”53 How, I ask, can David state that which is the exact opposite of this? We can only understand it in this sense: the just person, even if forsaken by the world, is not abandoned by the Lord. Even Job on his dunghill54 was not deserted by the Lord. In the council of the angels, the Lord had praised Job with his own voice; and he allowed him to be tempted only so that he might win the crown. He allowed Job’s body to undergo severe testing, but he spared his life. COMMENTARY ON TWELVE PSALMS 37.58.55
THE BREAD OF THE RIGHTEOUS. ORIGEN: Those people can never be oppressed by the hunger of famine whose bread is that “they should do the will of the Father who is in heaven” and whose soul that “bread that comes down from heaven” nourishes. HOMILIES ON GENESIS 16.3.56
GIVING THE EARTH, RECEIVING HEAVEN. AUGUSTINE: Study the moneylender’s methods. He wants to give modestly and get back with profit; you do the same. Give a little, and receive on a grand scale. Look how your interest is mounting up! Give temporal wealth and claim eternal interest; give the earth and gain heaven. EXPOSITIONS OF THE PSALMS 37.6.58
GO ON TO GOOD DEEDS. AUGUSTINE: Do not imagine that you have done enough if you have refrained from stealing anyone’s clothes. By not stripping someone, you have turned away from evil, but be careful not to dry up at that point and remain barren. You must take care not to strip someone of his clothes, certainly, but you must also clothe another who is naked; this is what turning away from evil and doing good implies. “What will I get out of it?” did you say? He to whom you are lending has already told you what recompense he will make to you: he will give you eternal life, so be easy in your mind and give to him. EXPOSITIONS OF THE PSALMS 37.8.59
THAT WHICH PERISHES. CASSIODORUS: Observe that what destroys a person itself perishes and only those things last which cause him to remain in the Kingdom of God. EXPLANATION OF THE PSALMS 37.28.60
THE WORD OF GOD. AUGUSTINE: The Word of God in a heart frees one from the snare, the Word of God in a heart steers one clear of the crooked path, the Word of God in a heart keeps one steady in a slippery place. If God’s Word never leaves your heart, God is with you. EXPOSITIONS OF THE PSALMS 37.12.61
SPEAK THE LORD JESUS. AMBROSE: Let us speak the Lord Jesus, for he is wisdom. He is the Word, the very Word of God. Does not Scripture say, “Open your mouth to the word of God”?64 Echo his speech, meditate his words, and you will breathe Jesus. When we speak of wisdom, we speak of him. . . . When we speak of truth and life and redemption, we speak of him. COMMENTARY ON TWELVE PSALMS 37.65.65
LEARNING HOW TO BEHAVE. THEODORET OF CYR: It is fitting, the psalmist says, to carry around God’s word both on one’s tongue and in one’s mind and constantly to pay attention to them; learning in this way how to behave, the lover of virtue remains stable and unmovable, proof against efforts at overthrow. COMMENTARY ON THE PSALMS 37.11.66
GOD WATCHES OVER US. AMBROSE: The evil person cannot stand the just person who speaks wisdom with his mouth and meditates on it in his heart. If he sees someone keeping the law of the Lord in his heart, he does all in his power to make him sin mortally. But the Lord watches over the just. We need not fear the snares laid for us by the sinner, because God is for us. COMMENTARY ON TWELVE PSALMS 37.70.67
37:35 Towering Like a Cedar
PERSPECTIVE. AMBROSE: You see a cedar standing at a great height on the highest mountain peak, yet it can be shattered by the wind; it can be burned down by fire; it can grow old and decay. Such are the rich in this world. They make a great display and shine with a worldly sort of splendor like Mount Lebanon. They are propped up by the powers of this world and revel in their money and their riches. To you the rich person seems to be something, that is, until you are able to say, “Passing over, I shall see.”70 For just as Moses passed over, in mind and soul, material things and saw God; you, too, if you will only pass over from this place and lift up the footsteps of your mind to God’s grace, will see that the rich person is nothing. Yes, nothing, even though in this world he appeared so high and mighty. COMMENTARY ON TWELVE PSALMS 37.77.71
PASSING OUT OF THE WORLD. CASSIODORUS: So the one who has passed on to God with a most holy way of life no longer sees a sinner as a powerful individual, since he sees everything in which humans boast as powerless. . . . EXPLANATION OF THE PSALMS 37.36.72
37:39 Salvation from the Lord
GOD ALONE. AMBROSE: In God alone, who remains forever, I trust…The one who serves God alone is set free; for God’s is the praise and the glory. He alone is eternal. To him all honor and power from the beginning of the ages, and now, and always, and to all ages of ages. Amen. COMMENTARY ON TWELVE PSALMS 37.83.75
The comments from the Church Fathers come from the ACCS with some slight changes by me to make them easier to read.