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Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org.


Psalm 110 is used with some frequency in the Liturgy of the Hours at Evening Prayer, and I have always stumbled over its final verse. Here is the text from the RSV-CE (verse 6 is not included in Evening Prayer):

1The LORD says to my lord:
“Sit at my right hand,
till I make your enemies your footstool.”
2The LORD sends forth from Zion
your mighty scepter.
Rule in the midst of your foes!
3Your people will offer themselves freely
on the day you lead your host
upon the holy mountains.
From the womb of the morning
like dew your youth will come to you.
4The LORD has sworn
and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest for ever
after the order of Melchiz’edek.”
5The Lord is at your right hand;
he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
6He will execute judgment among the nations,
filling them with corpses;
he will shatter chiefs
over the wide earth.
7He will drink from the brook by the way;
therefore he will lift up his head.

One understands why verse 6 is not used in the Breviary; …

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