Your laws become my songs
wherever I make my home.
1 It is one of the essential messages and contents of the Scripture. He who studies the Bible becomes a person of hope even in the execution of his duties, according to the teachings of the Church. In the Providentissimus Deus of Leo XIII, quoted many times in LS (pp. 17, 30, 109), it is required that “provisions be made so that young persons undertake biblical studies conveniently prepared and endowed, so that they may not frustrate their just hope and so that, what would be a greater evil, captured by the deceptions of the rationalists and by the appearance of erudition, they may not carelessly run the danger of losing their way.” (no. 6) Don Alberione refers above all to the hope of eternal life and heaven.
2 It is difficult to make calculations like these on the concordances of the Vulgate. In the Nuovissima Versione (ed. San Paolo) the result is as follows: 29 forms (of the verb “pregare” [to pray], of the noun “preghiera” [prayer], or [“orazione”]) are present in 360 verses of the Old and the New Testament, for a total of 542 occurrences. Prayer is certainly one of the most important themes of the Bible.
3 In another Italian translation, the words are different: “Non ritardare il voto quando sei in tempo, e non aspettare la morte per assolverlo.” The original Greek speaks about a “vow” or “to always work.” The following verse, however, (v. 23) refers to prayer: “Ante orationem praepara animam tuam et noli esse quasi homo qui tentat Deum.” The Italian translation mirrors the Latin and specifies it: “Prima di fare un voto preparati e non essere come chi tenta il Signore.” The English translation: “Before making a vow have the means to fulfill it; be not one who tempts the Lord.”
4* Imit. 1. IV, c. 11, n. 4.
[The 'Holy of Holies' in the temple of Solomon was called debir, literally, “the holiest place.” In reality, the word debir means “set apart” and, extensively, mysterious, “sacred,” reserved. The debir, a cubic hall of about 10 meters on each side, accommodated the Ark of the Covenant, and could be visited only by the high priest, and only once a year on the Day of Expiation (Yom Kippur) celebrated by the Jews on the 10
th tishri (September-October). The Chronicler calls debir “the cell of the Holy of Holies” (2Chr 3:8,10). Referring to the verb dabhar, “to speak,” Jerome translates it as oraculum, that is “(place of the) word” or “oracle.”]
5 This refers to Euplius, martyr of Catania, tortured to death because he violated the first edict of Emperor Diocletian (February 303), that ordered the surrender of the sacred books. Cf. Bibliotheca Sanctorum, V, p. 231.
6 Mt 5:10.
7 Mt 16:24 (Mk 8:34; Lk 9:23).